“That's a raccoon with mange... not a dog... or a chupacabra. I know because we caught a raccoon with mange once, looked exactly like this. Also, there was a story just like this from several years back, a couple in Oklahoma found what they thought could be a chupacabra.... which also turned out to be a raccoon with mange.”
Hufffan on Apr 5, 2014 at 11:04:08
We have raccoons all around where I live and they eat, growl, and sit on their hind quarters exactly like that.
That "wildlife expert" does not know wildlife and isn't much of an expert.”
“Why does it matter to you? Does his non-belief in heaven directly effect you and your chances of getting in to this magical place beyond the stars? I'm agnostic, I can't tell ya what lies beyond this life because I have no idea and don't pretend to. Of course the thought of an after life is comforting, that's the point (and is used as an incentive to ensure that you're a good lil' human while you're here.) I don't know, I find comfort in both. When I die, and there is nothing, well then I guess I won't know cause I'll be dead, but hopefully I will have left something of myself behind to say "I was here."”
rnsncwmn55 on Mar 18, 2014 at 09:39:22
“I DO believe in an afterlife, but not because of my Christian background or hope that I will "go to Heaven". I am more of a science nerd. Does his cruelty (belief) affect me? Yes, it does when I see the pain he causes others. I can't ignore the suffering of others and think "Well, it didn't affect me personally, so I don't care." I don't have proof that there is a life beyond, and I have no proof that there isn't. However, if there is, good ol' Fred will have to answer for his life. But then, again, who knows? Maybe the slate gets wiped clean and it all means nothing.”
“I'm a community nurse in Canada... my starting pay was $20.50 and that's pay per visit...in about a year I will top out at $21.50... per patient I see in the home. We are vastly under paid out in the community considering what we do out there and I assume it's the same in the states... but $13.00 and hour?!? FOR A NURSE?! IN A HOSPITAL?! RN or LPN? Doesn't matter, $13.00 an hours is still an insult to the nursing profession. I can't get over that. Please tell me that was some time ago at least!!!”
Willow712 on Mar 8, 2014 at 15:09:22
“LPN, but the RNs were getting about 14. to 15 an hour. And this was 3 years ago. I did get one raise in the 5 years I worked there. 1%. so wowee, I finally made 13.13 an hour! And luckily I was in a facility near my home. I know Community nurses pay for gas, health care equipment in their trunk for visits, etc.
Nursing used to be a blue collar job in the US, they had horrible wages for many years. In 1993, I was making 14.00 an hour in Colorado, going up to the higher 20s. Then moved to the midwest. And people all thought we were rolling in the dough. An ICU nurse, handling multiple IV lines, pushing meds, etc. would probably get paid a fortune, but not in a small town hospital in the midwest.”
CLShipley on Mar 8, 2014 at 12:58:07
“Here in the Midwest Liz nurses are routinely paid 15.50 at the company I work for. It is a total insult and the cost of living where I live isn't that much different like Willow said.”
Mar 7, 2014 at 07:17:40
“It may be the law but what is legal may not always be ethical. And that's the issue that's being presented here. So my question to you is this... are you saying these officers were in the right because it's the law? If so, I'm highly suspicious of your morals. From where I'm standing, it sounds as though you are defending them.”
“you realize that is exactly why he made that comment, right? to earn some 'aww you are so sweet' points. it is only natural for men (and women) to notice beauty and comment on it. this girl is gorgeous, theres no denying that. she is also far more talented and more intelligent than i'll ever be”
“There's this amazing thing called a water bottle, or a cup that you can put your water in to drink from and then you can reuse it again later so as to not create so much waste. Also, there's this thing called a tap or a "faucet" that you can retrieve water from to drink at no coast. Pretty amazing, isn't it?
I sure hope they recycled all those bottles.
commiepinko on Dec 20, 2013 at 13:47:25
“my tap water runs through my fridge, which has a filter in it, so I never have to buy bottled water”
“For crying out loud people, they're twins! They just spent the last 9 months cramped together in one of the most comforting environments and further more, they know of nothing else. The body language that we see here; the stretching and pushing at each other, has nothing with them thinking "man, I need my space." SPACE!? They're 5 minutes old! They have no idea what space is, and being cramped together is the only thing they know. Why do you think we swaddle babies?? Because it's uncomfortable to go from being in such a tiny space to a huge one, where your limbs are flailing about, you're exposed and vulnerable and your whole environment has changed. Remember folks, babies have no prior reference to what "space" is.”
Rjchinook on Nov 16, 2013 at 10:57:25
“As a Native American my daughter loved her first 3 months in her baby board. Her arms swaddled by her side and wrapped warmly in her baby board with soft deer hide lace ties. As soon as she felt how snug she was any crying would stop and she would fall into a deep sleep.”
“I understand where you're coming from however the magazines goal is to not utilize photo shop. The argument can be made that women wear make up on a day to day basis and for most ladies it is part of their every day routine, where as photo shop is not.... the fact of that matter is you can potentially achieve the look you see in an advertisement if the model is just wearing makeup however you can not recreate the look if she has been photo shopped. All that being said I have to agree with you when it comes to simple photographic techniques, but is that just part of taking a good photo all together?”
Pazzo Milazzo on Oct 11, 2013 at 10:43:56
“"Women wear make up on a day to day basis and for most ladies it is part of their every day routine," Same can be said for photographers who use lighting and color techniques to mask imperfections and/or to slim a figure. Its a day-to-day thing for them, too.
I think this magazines attempt to be 'different' and 'anti-retouching' by not allowing their photographers to use photoshop is definitely a step in the right direction to allay over-the-top retouching. As a photo retoucher myself, i tend to prefer little to no retouching, but i do like an emphasis on mood, creative lighting and color treatments - all of which can be easily labeled as 'retouching'. Also, by using other software, such as Capture One or Lightroom, one can easily make adjustments that can definitely be mistaken as retouching or an image being 'photoshopped'. This creates a grey area... because while photoshop is currently the main retouching software out there, there are many many other programs that can do the same. So it leaves me asking 'where do we draw the line?' We shouldnt point our fingers to software. Thats scapegoating. We need to point our fingers to the promoters of excessive image manipulation; the art directors, the fashion brands etc. Retouching isn't new, before the digital era, for example, photographers used tea to color prints to give someone a tanned complexion. Every single photograph we see in magazines or anywhere, has had some form of 'retouching'. Its a very hard thing to regulate...”
“I think the most important piece of information contained within this article is... "60 percent of American women now identify with the plus-size market." That's a pretty frightening. So, instead of addressing the health concerns related to a growing waist size, let's just accommodate for it, make it the new norm to be over weight and not recognize the impact it's having on your health. While it is great to embrace yourself for who you are, there comes a point when you have to be honest with yourself and say, "I love my body, but it's also not healthy to be this big."”
ezcruz on Oct 7, 2013 at 21:26:42
“Key words here, "Plus size MARKET", meaning the fashion world and stores which carry the product are gauging the clothes by the underweight malnourished skeletons they have modeling them. Most of what you see in ads are underweight models or ones that have been photoshopped to look thinner. Plus size today is size 12. Twenty years ago or so it was size 14. Marilyn Monroe was considered perfect and she, today would be considered borderline plus size”
Oct 5, 2013 at 14:54:03
“Crushedknee; I'm a nurse, and I'm very well aware of the mind body connection. You're right, mental health can effect the gastrointestinal system and all body systems for that matter. If her primary diagnosis was a gastrointestinal issue, of course it would effect her mental health, but that still would not make her mental health the direct cause of her weight issues rather a secondary diagnosis that would be treated by managing her primary diagnosis.”
Oct 5, 2013 at 14:09:55
“I don't know Fiona Apple, therefore I can not make assumptions about her health based on some pictures. She is very thin, however that can be a result of many medical conditions. Fiona has always been a slim woman, perhaps she has crohn's disease or other gastrointestinal issues that are not related to her mental health. There are conditions out there that make it difficult to gain weight or keep it on (besides anorexia and bulimia.) Why is it, that when someone appears emaciated that people automatically jump to the conclusion that it's an eating disorder or drugs? A few years back I lost 45lbs in a matter of months due to a gastrointestinal issue. I was terrified, and people assumed I was anorexic. Not the case, not the case at all.”
Crushedknee on Oct 5, 2013 at 14:37:58
“Guts and mind are actually often closely linked..IF you not able to absorb the right nutrients it can be very detrimental your neurological health..Intolerance of frustration becoming easily agitated are symptoms of something being off valence..What?? Could be a lot of things?”
“All excellent points.
As for the additional sexual layer between male and female friends, I must admit that when it comes to hanging out with my gay male friends as opposed to my straight male friends I know that there is absolutely no chance of anything ever happening. However I wouldn't say that it puts me more at ease to be hanging out with the ladies and gay men because of that. I also must admit that I have had male friends that turned out to be interested in me, but it was not reciprocated on my part (and vise versa,) it does make for a tricky situation.
As long as both parties are mature about it, it shouldn't become an issue and if it does, well then, I guess you go your separate ways, like you and your lady friend did.
Thank you for sharing your experience with us, I'm glad that you were able to recognize that this friendship of yours was indeed driving a wedge between you and you wife, furthermore, you did something about it. I'd say this is a great example of how adults should act in a situation like this.
I decided to reply to Paldorin's comment because I wanted to play devils advocate and to point out that in some cases, couples do take it as far as telling each other to not speak with anyone of the opposite sex, because really an emotional relationship can arise from any kind of relationship.”
Hemmingplay on Sep 29, 2013 at 20:42:18
“Thank you. It feels like someone died, but I'll be all right. :-)”
“As much as I agree with everything in this article... reading your comment leads me to believe that you think men can't have female friends once they get married and vice versa. So, when I get hitched I have to stop talking to all my male friends because there could be a chance that I develop an emotional relationship with one of them? I'm never allowed to converse with another man, EVER? What if I'm bi-sexual? Should I just stop hanging out with everyone besides my partner? I'm confused. What if I have a male friend who is gay? Should I stop talking to him as well, I mean there is a chance to develop an emotional relationship there as well.... wait, so that means I have to stop hanging out with females as well, considering an emotional relationship can occur between any two people regardless of sex, and sexual preference. Married life sounds absolutely boring then if this is the case, I like making new friends.”
Paldorin on Sep 29, 2013 at 18:45:13
“I have many friends that are females. I do not have a need to spend time with them one on one. I have been in female friends weddings and my wife has not. I think you took what I said a little too seriously.”
sagadiana on Sep 29, 2013 at 17:19:06
“Well put, Liz. I think the old idea that men and women can't be close friends after marriage is fading away, because the new generations are making cross-gender friends more easily. It would be cruel to suggest that someone should have to dump their close friends now that they're married, due to them being the 'wrong' gender. And you make a great point about being bisexual. That would mean that ANY person could be a 'risk' and does that mean you just can't have friends anymore? Besides, I know plenty of male bromances (not actually homosexual) and the female versions that can majorly take up a person's focus, time, and emotional intimacy but will never be sexual. Is that OK then?
I think this all boils down to fear. If someone's going to sleep around, they're going to sleep around. You can't put up the cage around them in the hopes of keeping them from doing it. I'd rather see my significant other mixing it up in the real world so I can see what kind of person they really are, not what they are in a vacuum.”
Hemmingplay on Sep 29, 2013 at 15:29:53
“If you aren't ready/haven't found a single person with whom you *want* to forge deep bonds with, by all means, don't. Friendships are great, and can meet many needs, although friendships between men and woman have this additional sexual layer to deal with. And often, one or the other is interested in more than mere friendship, or isn't being honest with themselves about their feelings.
I'm married, but developed a very close friendship with a woman at work. No sex, just some talk about it after a time had passed. But we enjoyed each other's company-- a lot-- found excuses to talk, traded emails and texts all the time, went to lunch all the time. Actually, I fell in love with her. She's a wonderful woman. But I lost the plot, got completely blown away. Trouble was, I am still in love with my wife, who's no slouch, herself. This second close relationship began to drive an emotional wedge between me and my wife, and it was torture. When I told my friend (who wasn't quite as into me as I was into her, to be honest) I couldn't keep it up, she was upset, but accepted my need to put some distance between us. I miss her, but overall, I have to say that I feel much better for finally deciding what was best for me. It could have been much worse, much messier. Lesson learned, and only I got hurt. Fair enough.”
“I think her point was pretty clear, and furthermore I don't think anyone needs an article to describe to them what's wrong with sexy, anthropomorphized ponies being aggressively marketed towards young girls.”
cclawnj on Jul 21, 2013 at 15:47:19
“Tell me where you see that in the pictures. The girl dolls are girls and the ponies are ponies, albeit some have wings. The only thing humanlike about the ponies is that they are smiling (which of course real ponies can't do), and that is hardly a new development -- they had sweet smiles when they werd first introduced. I hate the hypersexualizing of children but I don't see that here. Just a lot of fake outrage unless -- as I indicated -- the writer has failed to demonstrate her point but instead merely hinted at it.”
Jul 21, 2013 at 13:15:22
“"....we have bought them BB guns and today we are doing target practice, so that they can hunt you down. It is regrettable that in Canada real guns are hard to find, so BB it shall be." These two sentences show intent and imply that if this group were to get their hands on a real gun they would be planning the murder of this couple as opposed their harassment. This is disturbing.”
“Well I'm fairly certain that I wouldn't be putting my own breast in my mouth! I think that goes for pretty much any woman, and I tend to think that it would be a lot easier to just express breast milk into a cup if a curious partner wanted a taste. I'm comfortable with idea of a a spouse trying breast milk but not with the idea of breastfeeding a full grown adult! To each their own though!
I'm a Nurse, so I have a pretty good idea of how infection is spread. It's also important to note that some diseases are transmitted through breast milk, like HIV/Aids, so of course knowing who's breast milk you're drinking is key. Lol, but I think that goes with out saying...this is by far the strangest comment I've ever left on Huff Post! Cheers!”
PhantomShadow on Jun 6, 2013 at 11:49:40
“Well, given I don't know you, I didn't know you were a nurse. As far as the ex and I go, it didn't start being a breastfeeding session.”