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Nobel Prize-Winning Writers Say NSA Surveillance Power 'Is Being Systemically Abused'

Nobel Prize-Winning Writers Say NSA Surveillance Power 'Is Being Systemically Abused'

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 08:19:14 in Politics

“Good!
Bush went to extremes after 9/11....undoing these extremes will take effort.
Good for them.”

lareinedeslames on Dec 10, 2013 at 09:31:44

“Because this hasn't been growing in the years since he left office, no, not at all.”

Verchiel on Dec 10, 2013 at 09:31:17

“And no "extremes" have occurred since January 2009, right?”
John Podesta, Former Clinton Chief Of Staff, To Join Obama: Report

John Podesta, Former Clinton Chief Of Staff, To Join Obama: Report

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 08:14:09 in Politics

“Good! Maybe he will get things back on track...like working for the people, and not corporations.”

Austintatious on Dec 10, 2013 at 09:16:16

“If you really think that Podesta is more interested in helping the people than the corporations, you're in for a disappointment.”

steven noyb on Dec 10, 2013 at 08:26:05

“I would love for this to happen!”
If You Haven't Heard Of DMT Yet, You Might Soon

If You Haven't Heard Of DMT Yet, You Might Soon

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 15:13:02 in Politics

“Well said.”
If You Haven't Heard Of DMT Yet, You Might Soon

If You Haven't Heard Of DMT Yet, You Might Soon

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 15:11:24 in Politics

“Well put.”
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Nelson Mandela Dead: Former South African President Dies At 95

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 17:05:13 in Black Voices

“Thank you, Nelson Mandela, for all you did for your people, and for the world.
Your beacon will shine brightly deep into time.”
Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 11:39:03 in Chicago

“Data. Hundreds, if not thousands of years of anecdotal data. And there are, sadly, plenty of institutions, mostly in asia, who are bending to the western need to collect data. You can do the work if you're interested. Appealing to antiquity as a basis of logic actually makes tons of sense, given that those cultures came to use the medicines and protocols through rigorous trial and error, The hubris of "modern medicine" that utterly rejects these different paradigms speaks solely to that, hubris...in my modest opinion.”

GarethJonesLives on Dec 5, 2013 at 11:49:04

“"Data. Hundreds, if not thousands of years of anecdotal data."

The plural of anecdote is anecdotes, not data. Anecdotal data is an oxymoron.

"And there are, sadly, plenty of institutions, mostly in asia, who are bending to the western need to collect data."

Why is that sad? Shouldn't your medical treatments be based on objective facts and not a sales pitch?

"You can do the work if you're interested."

I'm not. Others already have.

"Appealing to antiquity as a basis of logic actually makes tons of sense, given that those cultures came to use the medicines and protocols through rigorous trial and error,"

The same way western societies came to use mercury, bloodletting, leaching and trepanation through trial and error. The difference is scientific medicine doesn't continue to use something just because it's been around. If a treatment works, there's no reason why it would suddenly stop working in a controlled trial. The scientific method isn't cultural. It's the basis of any real science.

"The hubris of "modern medicine" that utterly rejects these different paradigms speaks solely to that, hubris...in my modest opinion. "

"Modern medicine" is any medicine that works. Quack nostrums that have been rejected were rejected because they were proven not to work. That's not hubris. That's ethical integrity.”
Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 11:16:07 in Chicago

“Well, I know plenty about holisic medicine. Please don't make assumptions. I am indeed talking about medicine and healing. Just not alopathic medicine which from my point of view, aside from emergency, is geared toward illness, not healing. I realize you might not like to hear that....naturopathic medicine, yes homeopathy, ayurveda, traditional himalayan medicine, chinese medicine, these have been around far far longer than western medicine and have and do deal with disease with great success, often. Is it 100%? Of course not. But solely clinging to western surgery and chemical dependent "treatment" really misses out on the healing forces within our bodies, and utterly fails to support and take advantage of them. Emergencies? Great. For non emergencies...natural protocols are far less expensive and have high success rate. Hospitals, western alopathic drs, insurance companies, and now ACA, ignore these realities. We've become a culture dependent on a paradigm that ignores and destroys nature, at great risk ultimately. No wisdom whatsoever.”

GarethJonesLives on Dec 5, 2013 at 11:30:23

“"Hospitals, western alopathic drs, insurance companies, and now ACA, ignore these realities."

Are
you going to provide anything with any data at any point in this
exchange or is this just someone who doesn't know a thing about medicine
preaching from a soapbox?

"We've become a culture dependent on a paradigm that ignores and destroys nature, at great risk ultimately."

Real
medicine is based on science. That is not ignoring nature, that's the
exploration of it. Homeopathy is based on fantasy with no scientific
plausibility and no data ever showing that it works.

"No wisdom whatsoever."

No, just mountains of irrefutable data that some things actually work and others are just scams.

There's no such thing as "alternative" medicine. Medicine that works is called medicine. If a nostrum does not show any effectiveness in treating or curing what it claims to treat or cure, it isn't medicine. It's not some grand conspiracy theory. It's science.”

GarethJonesLives on Dec 5, 2013 at 11:29:22

“"Well, I know plenty about holisic medicine."

Do you know anything about actual medicine?

"Just not alopathic medicine which from my point of view, aside from emergency, is geared toward illness, not healing."

But your point of view on the subject is worthless because you don't know what actual medicine is, how its practiced or what it does.

"I realize you might not like to hear that....naturopathic medicine, yes
homeopathy, ayurveda, traditional himalayan medicine, chinese medicine,
these have been around far far longer than western medicine and have and
do deal with disease with great success, often."

Bloodletting has been around far far longer than scientific medicine too. So? Appeal to antiquity is a basic logical fallacy you would have learned in university had you bothered to attend. Why does that "great success" always disappear in controlled studies?

"But solely clinging to western surgery and chemical dependent
"treatment" really misses out on the healing forces within our bodies,
and utterly fails to support and take advantage of them."

No surgical procedure could take place without the healing mechanisms in the body. You really have no idea what you're talking about.

"For non emergencies...natural protocols are far less expensive and have high success rate."

Name a single natural protocol that has a high success rate for any of the myriad diseases we treat every day. Show your data.

"Hospitals, western alopathic drs, insurance companies, and now ACA, ignore these realities."

Are you going to provide anything with any data at any”
Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 09:41:26 in Chicago

“Well, that you don't know me shows your statement is rather ill informed. That said, I do know plenty about the mind and emotions, and that again, attacking symptoms is not a wise way to deal with illness. AND I have plenty of compassion for the obese. The alopathic "medicine" world needs to wake up and start dealing wtih causes rather than being so deeply fixated on symtoms. But then again, it's far less lucrative. Sad.”

GarethJonesLives on Dec 5, 2013 at 10:12:53

“"That said, I do know plenty about the mind and emotions, and that again,
attacking symptoms is not a wise way to deal with illness."

Gastric bypass surgery isn't attacking symptoms. It changes metabolism dramatically, reverses metabolic syndrome and saves lives.

"The alopathic "medicine" world needs to wake up and start dealing wtih causes rather than being so deeply fixated on symtoms."

Like homeopaths? Oh wait, their whole pseudoscience is based purely on symptoms (and fantasy). How many lives have you saved? More than I do every day?

"But then again, it's far less lucrative. Sad."

You don't know what you're talking about. Why people like you insist on contaminating the global consciousness with misinformation is beyond me. Maybe you can figure why someone would do that since you "know plenty about the mind and emotions." It's a shame you don't know anything about medicine since that's what we're talking about.”
RNC Turns Focus To Hillary Clinton In Anticipation Of 2016 Election

RNC Turns Focus To Hillary Clinton In Anticipation Of 2016 Election

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:37:33 in Politics

“That is the dumbest strategy I've heard...yet exactly like the RNC. Instead of grooming one of your own to be the best candidate, they try to slander, undermine, and knock down their opponent. They obviously can never win cleanly, by strength of their convictions and politics. Anyone can play dirty. I hope they never win anything again.”

gayandmarried on Dec 5, 2013 at 08:59:59

“they are acting like alcoholics,, its everyone elses fault they are losing, not their own message thats making them tank in poll after poll,,
i look forward to a rise in another new party, one that completely makes the gop obsolete”

guitargeorge1964 on Dec 5, 2013 at 08:42:59

“I agree”

MarkAntney on Dec 5, 2013 at 08:42:23

“In reference to your first Sentence (which I agree), that should tell you Plenty of what they have to (Counter) Offer the Public.

For that's CLEARLY their best Strategy.

A Driver trapped in Rush Hour Traffic has more options than the GOP.”

folsomdon on Dec 5, 2013 at 08:41:27

“That's the 'freedom' they keep boasting about.
Anyway, it's an old American tradition going back to the founding fathers.”
Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:32:58 in Chicago

“Um, we have digestive tracks and stomachs for a reason. Cutting them out to try to curb our insatiable desire is once more attacking the symptom and not the cause, which is the bane of our modern health/illness industry. This man and those like him would do far better working with their minds and emotions and tame them rather than cutting out their one and only body. Terrible.”

GarethJonesLives on Dec 5, 2013 at 09:29:06

“You don't cut them out to curb an insatiable desire. Gastric bypass surgery changes the way the body metabolizes food. For the morbidly obese, it's the difference between developing metabolic syndrome and dying or living long enough to see your children grow up.

People like you need someone to chastise. That's because people like you don't know anything about medicine.”

ZoeyKay on Dec 5, 2013 at 08:44:30

“That surgery also isn't a guarantee. I know a few people who had the surgery, and after losing a lot of weight, started gaining a lot of it back, because you can still stretch your stomach back out by eating more than you're supposed to.”

bflorhodes on Dec 5, 2013 at 08:40:39

Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:29:58 in Chicago

“I hope you're being sarcastic.”
Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Graham Elliot Weight Loss: Chef Drops 128 Pounds In 4 Months

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:29:39 in Chicago

“What is that supposed to mean?”
Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:23:21 in Green

“In a way I agree. Education goes a long way to reform.”
Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:22:13 in Green

“No, humans did in the dodo....they were very docile and did not fear or flee humans. Therefore, since the moronic humans didn't know better, they wiped them out. The Bison in America were all but wiped out by the europeans. Luckily some survived and they're making a comeback. Humans.....can't live with them, can't live without them.”
Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:18:15 in Green

“Again, another really good point. Restoring nature is the first step of stabilizing and nurturing, feeding, healing any nation or community. It's so basic it's lost on most, especially those with all the power and $.”
Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:16:11 in Green

“As Cynthia pointed out, in China it's not just elephants. They decimate all animals.”

mcchristofilakes on Dec 5, 2013 at 08:42:40

“I agree they have no respect for nature and living creatures”
Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:15:35 in Green

“A very unthinkable fact. When Buddhism thrived in China it wasn't like that.”
Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Nations Reach Illegal Ivory Trade Deal, Classify Wildlife Trafficking A 'Serious Crime'

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:14:05 in Green

“At last. It's a good start, Africa and Asia. Now let's add big cats, giraffes, rhinos, bears, whales, manatees....all the mammals.”
Stranded Whales: Wildlife Workers Will Try Again To Save Pilot Whales Stuck In The Everglades (VIDEO)

Stranded Whales: Wildlife Workers Will Try Again To Save Pilot Whales Stuck In The Everglades (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 08:10:12 in Miami

“Yes, thanks to the humans who are trying to save these whales. I agree with bk...check and see what the navy is doing. Those sonar blasts would scatter anyone in unknown directions if they weren't already debilitated or dead.
Save the whales, save the humans.”
Meet Patrick Soon-Shiong, The LA Billionaire Reinventing Your Health Care

Meet Patrick Soon-Shiong, The LA Billionaire Reinventing Your Health Care

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 08:31:38 in Politics

“He also misses completely HEALTH and the causes of health. Smoke and mirrors to deal with symptoms does not health make.”
Meet Patrick Soon-Shiong, The LA Billionaire Reinventing Your Health Care

Meet Patrick Soon-Shiong, The LA Billionaire Reinventing Your Health Care

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 08:29:43 in Politics

“Thank you. Just more sick system non-wonder. Turning humans into robots, more like it. Protect mother earth, her elements, therefore her beings, and use her medicines innate. Then health we will have. Not via more man made contraptions.”
Meet Patrick Soon-Shiong, The LA Billionaire Reinventing Your Health Care

Meet Patrick Soon-Shiong, The LA Billionaire Reinventing Your Health Care

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 08:26:20 in Politics

“Yeah, I don't think so.”
Kiev Protests Draw Over 300,000 People To March Against Regime

Kiev Protests Draw Over 300,000 People To March Against Regime

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 15:36:23 in World

“May the people of Ukraine have a free government they desire. May this end be achieved peaceably.”

krazy karl on Dec 1, 2013 at 16:14:35

“Yes that's always how it ends ..........the general populus trump's money and the pigs who control it .
That's why America is headed the same direction only here we shoot the neighbor instead of the big fish............crazy yes , but becomming a daily occurrence.”

Erik Chapman on Dec 1, 2013 at 16:07:40

“300,000 of the people that lost the last election are trying to overturn the election by force. The Ukraine already has the government they desire, they had a vote. The elections there are fair enough that the opposition has won before.

The principle that these "protestors" stand for is might makes right.”

quincy maxwell on Dec 1, 2013 at 15:48:34

“May they have a freer society than we have in the US.”

Itchmeister on Dec 1, 2013 at 15:46:04

“A Good wish, and I agree.”
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