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21 Vintage Gun Ads That Will Make You Wince

21 Vintage Gun Ads That Will Make You Wince

Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 10:32:06 in Small Business

“You didn't find the one of a little girl holding a revolver in bed disturbing? Hey, I am for gun rights and I found that disturbing.”

ddoddr9623 on Dec 29, 2012 at 15:02:09

“I think the ad was showing that even if a child got the gun it had some kind of saftey that made it child-proof. A selling point.”
Amanda House, YoPro Co-Creator: Loblaws Reneged On Deals, Ruined My Business

Amanda House, YoPro Co-Creator: Loblaws Reneged On Deals, Ruined My Business

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 11:31:38 in Canada Business

“Galen Weston is one creepy dude... those disturbing commercials paint him as some modern day Jesus substituting loaves and fishes for ice cream snacks.”

janet2derek on Dec 13, 2012 at 12:40:59

“he is a wealthy smart business man whose has guided his company to unprecedented heights. Do I like loblaws? Not much as they usually do not have the products I like and I have bought to many things such as store brands that stink but I have to admit the guy has helped build a food retail giant.”
Think Canadian Baby Boomers More Political Than Generation Y? Think Again

Think Canadian Baby Boomers More Political Than Generation Y? Think Again

Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 12:22:06 in Canada Politics

“The obsession of Huff Post with Gen Y, specifically, and the media generally, is laughably ironic. This generation is branded as being dysfunctional because they have been molly-coddled by parents yet ignored and marginalized by the political and economic forces of our times, and yet these articles just serve to perpetuate their sheltered existence, which is the very force which keeps them marginalized. I hope someday they disconnect from the media's obsessional fascination, look inward and create their own identity and dialogue.”

samlee on Dec 5, 2012 at 13:21:20

“Thank you, thank you..it HAS become some sort of obsession lately and it is getting pretty tiring of late.”
Generation Y In Canada Debate: Millennials Are Lazy, Angry, Not To Blame, Say HuffPost Readers

Generation Y In Canada Debate: Millennials Are Lazy, Angry, Not To Blame, Say HuffPost Readers

Commented Nov 23, 2012 at 11:17:30 in Canada

“I think a balanced perspective on this topic is summarized by the old saying:

'When the going gets tough the tough get going"

As a 37 year old who has some experience I can say that the going is definitely tough, historically speaking, at this moment in time. Unfortunately Gen Y is simply not a generation, having been molly coddled, that is tough enough to get going. To some degree sheltered parenting is to blame but at some point adults need to take responsibility for their own futures.

In summary, I feel for this generation because the opportunities are fewer than ever and they are especially ill-equipped to adapt to this bleak outlook, however, they need to toughen up and get going.”

cdnbystander on Nov 23, 2012 at 11:28:24

“For them it may mean working two jobs, and not landing that high paid position right away. For years I worled below my education until opportunities came along. It meant swallowing my pride and living on less, but I did what i had to do. Myabe in some cases they are spoiled but for the most part it's about gettin by in the times we are in until you can do better.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 18:54:09 in Canada Politics

“Once again baseless personal attacks.... we were discussing 911. Not my worth as a human being. I am not sure how a discussion about 911 devolved into a discussion about my arrogance or self worth or internet habits.

As always, I am willing to discuss ideas and the structure of reasoning. If you want to discuss evidence for competing 911 theories I am up to the task.

By the way I am wrong all the time and I change my mind frequently. I seek the truth. The truth has no ego.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 18:39:45 in Canada Politics

“I believe in the soundness of most of the arguments I have read questioning the truth of the official 911 acount (David Ray Griffin etc...) However, I think that rhetorically, as it relates to the average person, the arguments lack appeal. Thus, I am developing my own argument countering the official story. My argument focuses on the prima facie plausibility of the core claim that 3 out of 4 high jacking missions were successful.

In making this argument I have considered the success ratios of Kamikaze pilots in WWII, since I believe the fundamental operation to be the same as the purported 911 high jackers. The success ratio of Kamikazes was 14%, as compared to 75% on 911.

What advantages vs disadvantages would the Kamikaze pilots have had. I would be curious for feedback.”

Tgallant on Nov 25, 2012 at 18:39:04

“I do not think you are being serious. Kamikaze pilots did not hijack the planes they were flying in. Kamikaze pilots were being shot at with 5"guns, 40mm guns, and 20mm guns. The difference is stunning. The success ration of attempted hijackings before 9/11 was higher that you think. Did you look up the 70's and 80's? Airport/aircraft security was not that much different in the US.”

Rob Vann on Nov 13, 2012 at 20:57:23

“The first time I've heard this argument..perhaps they should have had training at a civillian US flight school..”

Peter Burgess1 on Nov 13, 2012 at 19:58:36

“"The success ratio of Kamikazes was 14%, as compared to 75% on 911. "

(sigh) Yes. That's because they had 100 AA guns trained on them firing 100rnd/second so most of the aircraft were destroyed by them before they could hit the boats.

Nice critical thinking there. I can see you really considered everything. Also aircraft carriers are moving at 8-9 knots. There's that too but I don't wanna cloud you with too much reality.”

MrBinkster on Nov 13, 2012 at 18:46:01

“Are you just here for hits for the site James ? Gravity ? Resistance ?
Who cares is they "lack appeal"
Maybe get out more.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 18:34:33 in Canada Politics

“Yes, having an education is not a guarantee that someone does think critically. But to state this is not to prove that just because I have an education I am not a critical thinker.

From the proposition: Some A are NOT B. It does not follow that: A, therefore Not B. To give a concrete example, "some boys are not hockey players" does not imply that this boy is not a hockey player.

In order to make his argument valid you would have to assume that he was making a claim that ALL educated people lacked critical thinking skills.

An argument of the form: All A are not B. He is an A, therefore not B.

So, there was nothing dishonest at all about what I said. Please explain to me how what he said makes any sense unless you make this assumption

I also asked how one becomes a good critical thinker. If not by education how?

Its really easy to shoot someone down but not so easy to offer a reply? Is it?

In October I got a 90% on the LSAT for Law school, which among other things is a test for critical thinking skills. My theory on why I am a good critical thinker is based on my ability to score highly on tests that test, among other things, critical thinking.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 18:24:39 in Canada Politics

“Finally! A cogent reply! Let me respond with several points...

First, I agree completely with you. Seeing seats, airplane engines etc.... pulled out of the Pentagon would be evidence that a plane hit the Pentagon.

Moreover, the fact that I am able to clearly state conditions under which I would change my opinion is proof that I am thinking critically. If I had seen these photos or any visual information you speak of this would help to allay my concerns and at least would be some evidence of the truth of the official account.

However, in the first place I have not seen the visual evidence you suggest. Show me a picture. post a link etc.... and I will consider this evidence into my reasoning. In the second place this would only address one of my dozens of concerns.

You see I am a reasonable person. If there were just one inconsistency, such as a lack of plane parts at the Pentagon, I would not be so tempted to believe the what you would call "the conspiracy theory" However, there are dozens of troubling parts.”

James Chapman64 on Nov 13, 2012 at 18:54:09

“Once again baseless personal attacks.... we were discussing 911. Not my worth as a human being. I am not sure how a discussion about 911 devolved into a discussion about my arrogance or self worth or internet habits.

As always, I am willing to discuss ideas and the structure of reasoning. If you want to discuss evidence for competing 911 theories I am up to the task.

By the way I am wrong all the time and I change my mind frequently. I seek the truth. The truth has no ego.”

Peter Burgess1 on Nov 13, 2012 at 18:36:18

“"Finally! A cogent reply!"

All my replies are congent. I stopped reading you here. You are not intelligent nor a critical thinker nor honest, even remotely. You're just another net-weenie with an exaggerated  view of himiself that he exudes on the net to replace a real sense of self-esteem he can never achive.

You've displayed nothing but arrogance, a lack of reason an unwillingess to address what people say and all the elements required to make "critical thought" impossible.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 16:56:08 in Canada Politics

“I am an opened minded person and this is truth to what you say... often it is best not to consider what one would or would not have done in an unfamiliar situation.

But here is food for thought... we are taking about hundreds of people on multiple air planes. So, what needs to be true, if the official version is to be believed, is that NO ONE, not one single person, on at least 3 planes did anything. Moreover, while the "submit to authority in the midst of a high jacking" theory is plausible, consider what the pilots are likely to do.

As a pilot you know that whatever else happens everyone is most certainly dead if an unqualified person grabs the yoke. Knowing nothing about the qualifications of the highjackers are you really willing to relinquish control of the air plane given what you know as a pilot? This may seem like speculation but a simple application of game theory, how human beings act where there self interest is concerned, applies here.

Moreover, the Bush administration has acted like nothing like this has ever happened. There are at least two instances in commercial aviation in the united states where pilots were asked by armed high jackers to relinquish the air plane. In each of these scenarios the pilots fought back.”

12jeffries on Nov 13, 2012 at 17:11:52

“You've made another faulty assumption. Because the attempts to fight back against the hijackers were unsuccessful, you assume that NO ONE did anything. Wrong. In fact, the first fatality of 9/11 is believed to be Daniel Lewin, a man who attempted to foil the hijacking of Flight 11.  Other passengers, have witnessed him getting his throat slashed wouldn't have been likely to try their luck, once they realized what would happen. And it's not as if the pilots peacefully relinquished the controls. They were stabbed and killed by the hijackers. I'm sure they tried to put up some fight, but fighting off men with box cutters while you trying to fly a plane would be pretty difficult. It's very easy to say what people should have done in hindsight, but none us know how we would react in that situation. Would you risk getting stabbed to death, in order to save a plane full of strangers? ”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 16:43:21 in Canada Politics

“So, you feel confident that you could, once in the air, fly a 737 on the basis of your training to a specific location, say the world trade centre? You could do this without submitting a flight plan? You could do this with no help whatsoever from the ground? Even if you feel confident that you could do this, with the training you have, are you confident you could do so correctly 3 times out of 4? Could you do it after first having overwhelmed a plane full of people? Finally, could you do it without alerting the united states military or without them sending a plane to intercept you, if not to shoot you down at least to see what you were up to?

The point is that we are not talking about a perfect scenario where all you have to do is fly without further distractions, obstacles, interference etc....”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 16:37:05 in Canada Politics

“Buddy, the guy presents no argument, i.e. facts premises etc... in support of his conclusion. Thus, I am forced to guess what he is getting at. If you refuse to explain yourself any assumption is fair game.

In what way am I being dishonest? I am the only one who has offered an explanation of at least one way someone learns to think critically. I have put myself on the line. I am forced to guess how this other guy thinks someone thinks critically because he refuses to offer any explanation.

Now imagine that someone then told you that somehow going to vocational school and apprenticing meant that you couldnèt f

Note: I asked him to explain how someone can become adept at critical thinking and he failed to offer his theory as to how one achieves this. I offered my theory... you go to school and take critical thinking classes from professors who have studied critical thinking...

where is his theory?

I am willing to engage anyone in a dialogue but I refuse to pit my arguments against people who assert conclusions without arguments or evidence.”

James Chapman64 on Nov 13, 2012 at 18:34:33

“Yes, having an education is not a guarantee that someone does think critically. But to state this is not to prove that just because I have an education I am not a critical thinker.

From the proposition: Some A are NOT B. It does not follow that: A, therefore Not B. To give a concrete example, "some boys are not hockey players" does not imply that this boy is not a hockey player.

In order to make his argument valid you would have to assume that he was making a claim that ALL educated people lacked critical thinking skills.

An argument of the form: All A are not B. He is an A, therefore not B.

So, there was nothing dishonest at all about what I said. Please explain to me how what he said makes any sense unless you make this assumption

I also asked how one becomes a good critical thinker. If not by education how?

Its really easy to shoot someone down but not so easy to offer a reply? Is it?

In October I got a 90% on the LSAT for Law school, which among other things is a test for critical thinking skills. My theory on why I am a good critical thinker is based on my ability to score highly on tests that test, among other things, critical thinking.”

Peter Burgess1 on Nov 13, 2012 at 17:05:46

“"Buddy, the guy presents no argument"

Um yes he did, "buddy". He suggested that simply having an education is by no means a guarantee that you can be a critical thinker, and he's 100% correct.

You took that statment and tried to suggest that what he *really* said was that "going to school automatically creates bias in the student", which isn't what he said at all.

You couldn't reply to his assertioon so instead you pretend his assertion was something else entirely.

That's zero critical thought, and zero honesty.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 16:26:53 in Canada Politics

“Who says I am committed to anything? I assert a tentative conclusion that based on the evidence I have read, 911 Commission, original NITSB report, David Griffin, Popular Mechanics response to Conspiracy Critics et al, that I find the official conspiracy theory to be lacking. I am open to changing my opinion on this matter subject to new evidence that contradicts my current position. However, such evidence has not been forthcoming.

If something quacks like a duck and walks like a duck I am entitled to believe the thing in question is a duck. If I am subsequently shown other information that shows the thing in question is just someone dressed up as a duck I will willingly change my position. Until such a time Its a duck!”

Peter Burgess1 on Nov 13, 2012 at 17:01:42

“Look, when I first saw the smoking hole in the Pentagon the first thing I thought was, "No way was that made by a jet liner". At that moment I was sure it was "quacking and walking like a duck".

But then they pulled out the engines.."they" being about 3000 low-level personel from various civil agencies. Then they pulled out the seats. Then they pulled out the landing gear, and the bodies, and, and, and and....

Now at this point my mind has two choices: It can either start coming up with ways that all of that stuff could've been faked in order to keep my first notion alive,
OR
My mind has to change and accept the reality no matter how painful that there is simply no other conclusion: That was an air liner that made that hole.

"Critical thinking" -starts- with humility, the willingness to be wrong, a virtue very lacking in the vast majority of "truthers".

So my assertion to is while you make a superficial presentation of being willing to change your mind, deep inside any time evidence or explanations arrise to counter your demands of evidence or questions you simply exert effort to rationalize or go out of your way to find a reason why the evidence doesn't exist.

You education and supposed training doesn't enter into it. The most educated people in the world can be obstinant and lack the humility it takes to --truely-- consider they may be wrong.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 16:19:36 in Canada Politics

“Let me also clearly state then when all of this started to bother me I started doing research because that is who I am and that was how I was trained. ...

I have read the NITSB report, the 911 Commission report, several books critical of these reports and several rebuttals to the criticisms... most notably the Popular Mechanics book on "conspiracy theories"

One of the things that will strike you, if you bother to do the research, is the paucity of response, from any quarter, on the criticisms various people have levelled at the official conspiracy theory. This is one of the reasons I think it was an inside job. If the official story is the truth it should be very easy to dismiss the criticisms out of hand so you have to wonder why they haven't done so....”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 16:13:43 in Canada Politics

“You're making a lot of assumptions... no where did I say I was upset... quite the contrary.

Why do you assume in 6 years of school I never once critically examined anything that I was reading? That was the whole point of the education I received. I was regularly encouraged to critically examine many of the material I read and was subsequently given secondary material that was critical of the source material. Once that operation was complete I was given tertiary reading that examined, critically, the views of the secondary material. That is what an education in Philosophy entails. To be sure there were professors who had pet theories they advocated bu t they were responsive to criticism. Some of them even changed views they had for years after I, a simple inexperienced student, voiced some pithy criticism.

You seem to have a very biased view of what is entailed by a liberal arts education.I am not saying its perfect but is certainly not an indoctrinated brain washing clinic as you seem to suggest.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 16:07:21 in Canada Politics

“Taking off and landing are simply the most complicated sub-tasks in a very complicated operation. This is like saying that in surgery the most complicated parts of surgery are opening of the patient and finding the relevant part of the body on which to operate and then sewing up the patient. This would not speak to the complicated tasks that must accompany the beggining and end. Just because someone opened and closed the patient for you does not mean that the actual operation itself could be performed by just anyone...”

James Chapman64 on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:43:21

“So, you feel confident that you could, once in the air, fly a 737 on the basis of your training to a specific location, say the world trade centre? You could do this without submitting a flight plan? You could do this with no help whatsoever from the ground? Even if you feel confident that you could do this, with the training you have, are you confident you could do so correctly 3 times out of 4? Could you do it after first having overwhelmed a plane full of people? Finally, could you do it without alerting the united states military or without them sending a plane to intercept you, if not to shoot you down at least to see what you were up to?

The point is that we are not talking about a perfect scenario where all you have to do is fly without further distractions, obstacles, interference etc....”

cdncommentator on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:32:11

“Not even a good analogy.  Listen, I've flown in a private two seater.  Once you're in the air, you're looking out for hazards and keeping an eye on your instrument panel.  The hard parts requiring a lot of skill are take off and landing.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 15:48:30 in Canada Politics

“So, going to school automatically creates bias in the student? Experienced irony lately?

All you know about me is that I went to school and that I do not support the same view as you do with respect to 911. On the basis of these premises you insinuate that I am biased. And yet you can only do so because you have already decided that anyone who disagrees with you on 911 is unable to think critically. This is an example of circular reasoning. An old fallacy....

I can assure you that I was taught to think critically in school and that it is a skill I use everyday... At any rate, if you have never received this training I do not see how you can criticize it and issue blanket statements...

Please assert, if it is not education, what you feel would imbue someone with an ability to think critically.

By the way... you seem to confuse stating a conclusion with presenting an argument and then stating a conclusion which follows logically from the premises contained in the argument.

Am I supposed to connect the dots... where is the argument”

Peter Burgess1 on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:14:19

“"So, going to school automatically creates bias in the student? Experienced irony lately?"

That's not even in the same solar system as what he actually said. So much for your critical thought. You can't even be honest.”

James Chapman64 on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:13:43

“You're making a lot of assumptions... no where did I say I was upset... quite the contrary.

Why do you assume in 6 years of school I never once critically examined anything that I was reading? That was the whole point of the education I received. I was regularly encouraged to critically examine many of the material I read and was subsequently given secondary material that was critical of the source material. Once that operation was complete I was given tertiary reading that examined, critically, the views of the secondary material. That is what an education in Philosophy entails. To be sure there were professors who had pet theories they advocated bu t they were responsive to criticism. Some of them even changed views they had for years after I, a simple inexperienced student, voiced some pithy criticism.

You seem to have a very biased view of what is entailed by a liberal arts education.I am not saying its perfect but is certainly not an indoctrinated brain washing clinic as you seem to suggest.”

The Westender on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:02:31

“If you are reading any source and are not thinking of what the bias of the author might be then you are severely short changing yourself and preparing yourself to make a poor decision.

Why does that upset you so?”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 15:33:10 in Canada Politics

“Its not really that simple if you have a basic understanding of plane protocols. Here is an analogy: What do you suppose is the probability that two people would be able to drive a car between Boston and New York knowing that neither person had ever driven a car? Without any help from anyone. Without being pulled over by the cops for driving erratically. Without getting into an accident. Without getting lost. Without running out of fuel etc... etc... Put yourself in this position given what you knew about driving at the age of 16. Would this be a simple task for you? Flying a plane is several orders of magnitude more complicated than the driving analogy I supplied. One of the reasons people are so willing to believe the official conspiracy is that there are relatively unfamiliar with how planes are flown. Its not easy to do... and yet we are to imagine that 3 out of 4 inexperienced pilots did this...?

Further, to anticipate a possible counter objection... yes pilots had minimal training, but learning to fly a single engine cessna with an instructor as compared to a boeing 737 is as to driving as being trained on a golf cart on a closed golf course is to driving...”

Tgallant on Nov 26, 2012 at 01:11:07

“The pilot of the plane that hit the Pentagon had a commercial pilots license. They had training. Please get your facts straight.”

cdncommentator on Nov 13, 2012 at 15:55:49

“The hard part of flying is take off and landing.  The terrorists didn't do that.  And they did have some training.  And according to the testimony of their flight instructors, they were not that interested in either take offs or landings.”

stopgeorge on Nov 13, 2012 at 15:38:18

“Absolutely correct! To accomplish what they did without the proper training or experience is the equivalent to winning the national lottery.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 15:25:35 in Canada Politics

“Why are you a loser for questioning a piece of government propaganda? Since you seem like such a cowboy let me ask you this question: If you were confronted, on a plane filled with other people, by four guys armed with box cutters would you simply roll over and allow them to take over the plane or would you fight back? If you answer that you would have submitted, remember there are a couple hundred other people on the plane. Do you really believe everyone in such a position, where there lives are at stake, would just roll over? This is but one of dozens of problems with the official account. It runs counter to a basic understanding of human psychology - basic game theory.”

12jeffries on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:20:22

“You might 'roll over' if the hijackers also had bombs (which you didn't know were fake) Also, the people on those planes lacked crystal ball technology and didn't necessarily know the hijackers would purposely fly the planes into buildings. As far as they knew it was a hostage situation, and their best bet was to 'submit' as you put it. Although 'submit' and 'roll over' are somewhat unfair terms. It's easy to write in a comment section what they could or should have. This was real life, not Die Hard. People who try to play the hero in real life often pay with their lives.”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 15:19:25 in Canada Politics

“It is simply impossible from your comments to discern whether you aim this polemic against members of the 911 truth movement or those who support the official conspiracy theory. For my part I have a MA in Philosophy specializing in higher order logic systems. I spent 6 years learning how to think critically and I am now studying to go to law school, which has caused me to revisit many of these skills. For the record, I count myself as a member of the 911 truth movement. The official story is a lie.”

NightWritergrrr on Nov 13, 2012 at 17:46:32

“James Chapman64~ I'm with you all the way. My head, my heart and my gut all tell me the same thing. Somehow, someway, sometime...the Truth has to come out.”

Peter Burgess1 on Nov 13, 2012 at 16:13:20

“"I spent 6 years learning how to think critically "

So how come you refuse to do so?

Don't pretend. Once a theorist has themselves committed to the theory they throw critical thought out the window.”

cdncommentator on Nov 13, 2012 at 15:27:04

“I am criticizing the birthers...oops...I mean the truthers.

There is no official story, but the way.  This isn't the Soviet Union (which doesn't exist anymore anyway).”
Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Martin Sheen: 9/11 Questions 'Unanswered,' Building 7 'Very Suspicious'

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 14:27:16 in Canada Politics

“You are exactly correct. An improbable theory requires and exceptional amount of evidence. The events of 911 are highly improbable and the evidence advanced for the officially sanctioned conspiracy theory does not meet this standard of evidence. I can believe, with sufficient credulity, that one group of terrorists, armed only with box cutters, managed to overcome a crew and all the passengers, successfully fly a plane into a targeted building, all the while evading the most sophisticated military surveillance ever, but three planes? Its very very hard to believe and the government has not supplied enough evidence to vindicate this claim. So what are they hiding?”

cdncommentator on Nov 13, 2012 at 15:00:16

“Not so hard to believe. No one wanted to get killed sacrificing themselves to save the pilots. The pilots up til that point in time never locked their cockpit doors. American and Western security at airports assumed that people were not going to hijack planes in the US. The people on all the planes died. Their families mourned. Some received phone calls while they were still on the planes but before they crashed. The buildings that were hit were not built to withstand the heat from jet fuel propelled fires. It's all pretty simple, actually.”
Karl Rove, American Crossroads Spin GOP Election Losses

Karl Rove, American Crossroads Spin GOP Election Losses

Commented Nov 8, 2012 at 14:28:10 in Politics

“I am surprised that no politician in the US has tried a simple marketing strategy with only one ad. The ad would simply claim that instead of spending, say 300 million on ads, the candidate had spent the money on the poor or some other worthwhile cause. In an age in which people doubt the integrity of politicians more than at any other times this seems, to me anyway, to be a winning strategy. The ad could even run cheaply online using social media etc...”
Mitt Romney Election Results 2012: Stinging Loss, And Party At A Crossroads

Mitt Romney Election Results 2012: Stinging Loss, And Party At A Crossroads

Commented Nov 8, 2012 at 09:43:26 in Politics

“Sorry to say but it is your economic system that is on the bankruptcy. The Canadian Economy is the envy of the world right now, so I don't know what you are talking about. Also, the French? You're talking like they have warships amassed on the Atlantic ready to invade and only the might of America prevents it. Keep reading your comic books...”

The Super Patriot on Nov 8, 2012 at 16:37:57

“Enjoy it while you can. One day your dollars will be back to being worth 80 cents on the American dollar. I was referring to the French in Quebec who want no part of your false government but may just one day decide to move west and kick all your hockey watching asses,eh!!!!!!!”
Young Adults Stress: Survey Finds 90% Of Young Canadians Are Stressed Out

Young Adults Stress: Survey Finds 90% Of Young Canadians Are Stressed Out

Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 15:06:26 in Canada Living

“You missed the point. 1980 is the cut off point for being Gen-X. Therefore, 1980 is the last year you can be born in to be counted as Gen-X, said another way the youngest of GEN X are 31 and will be turning 32 this year. Said yet another way the qualifier "young" applies to the designation not the person.”
Tailings Ponds Ducks: Eight Facts About Tailings Ponds

Tailings Ponds Ducks: Eight Facts About Tailings Ponds

Commented Oct 5, 2012 at 08:56:35 in Canada Alberta

“Tell that to the ducks!”
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Overheard on the VIA Train: "Indians Are Lazy"

Commented Jan 18, 2013 at 15:44:52 in Canada Politics

“Very thoughtful. Having lived all over Canada I can attest to what you are saying. When I lived in Alberta successful indigenous people was the norm and I would never call them lazy, they were hard working and good savers (I worked in a bank). Here in Winnipeg, where I now live, it couldn't be any more different.”
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