“Suspended "for life"??? Doesn't that presume that he is not capable of learning from his mistake? Suspension, yes. But these opposite extreme reactions of "suspension for life" are no more helpful to a reasonable argument and just as damaging to the issue of education's role in society. Over-react much?”
“I appreciate that Mr. Vilma apologized for his statement. It does demonstrate some hope for Mr. Vilma's views. For those who still fail to see the issue for what it is: To suggest that any male or female of whatever sexual persuasion is driven purely by impulse and not by context and appropriate judgement is insulting to everyone (not just gay men). I am sure that women or men; naked or otherwise, in Mr. Vilma's presence can feel safe because he uses judgement and foresight. It is equally true of anyone who uses judgement and foresight. I work out in a gym. I shower with both gay and straight men. It is not an issue - ever. Why would it be any different in an NFL professional locker room? Thanks to Mr. Vilma for working toward recognizing the obvious.”
“Todd. Loosen up. Think I give anyone on Fox credit for knowing anything that happened past 2001? Fact that she was accidentally, but factually, "right" is no credit to her. And the fact that most Americans buy into the "capitalist version of Santa-Claus" as something blessed is no credit to them. Deep breath, Todd. People other than you also get it... You're not alone.”
“"Santa Claus" as most north Americans understand him (jolly fellow, red suit, button nose, white beard, bowl of jelly) was a creation of the Coca Cola company in the 1920's as a marketing character for their product. Coca-Cola commissioned Michigan-born illustrator Haddon Sundblom to paint the first Santa Claus. Sundblom painted the image of Santa using a live model — his friend Lou Prentiss, a retired salesman. So in that sense, yes, Santa Claus is/was white. (I am sure that that is what Kelly meant. LOL.)”
PleaseUnderstand on Dec 14, 2013 at 19:57:15
“That or if she's going even further back to Saint Nicholas, the greek saint and bishop who actually used to give gifts and who Santa claus was also modeled after. same with Odin.”
The Colonel on Dec 14, 2013 at 11:25:06
“Thanks for the info. F&F!”
Todd Howard on Dec 14, 2013 at 10:25:38
“She was being mean and hateful. Today's kids don't care about that history tidbit. What he represents for all kids has nothing to do with the color of his supposed skin.”
“The National Zoo is not just a facility for the public to feed pellets to the cute animals. It is also an institution for research and environmental study. This is, in fact, the primary purpose of the National Zoo. The aspect of "public access" to the zoo serves two purposes: To educate and to offset costs of the facility. To summarily dismiss institutions like this simply out if ignorance promotes ignorance, and must be disheartening to "the libs".”
Mar 8, 2013 at 08:09:33
“Your name is precisely telling. You post under a pseudonym - too cowardly to own your posts and comments. (and the dino"saurous" speaks to your state of mind). Your projection of "a brain that might be diseased" is exactly that: Projection: A fear you are expressing of your own state of mind. Your issues are juvenile and transparent - much like the Sun's self-serving take on reality. Adults own their opinions and as such, yours carry no weight as long as you post under a pseudonym. Nonetheless, you are amusing. ”
Mar 6, 2013 at 11:47:33
“Actually, opinions of Flanagan ARE directly tied to Harper. The question the CBC raised or "inferred" about was the extent to which they are tied. Keep in mind: Harper is a man with many closets. The public knows little about his "marriage arrangements" and it is a subject that Canadian media steers away from. Regardless, it is a fair question when one of Harper's close advisors tosses open the door and gives us a glimpse of what infects Harper's overall thinking.”
Mar 6, 2013 at 11:32:56
“Horsefeathers. You barely muster the strength to thing for yourself let alone think critically about the Sun's biases and self-serving spin. Stick to the booby-page and leave the thinking to adults.”
Torontosaurous on Mar 9, 2013 at 16:06:21
“Poppycock !I couldn't quite figure why I was the lucky recipient of your vitriol until I thought about your reference to the "booby page".Is it true that you perceived me as one of THOSE people?You know,right wing,conservative ,Sun reading,golf playing,scotch drinking,BMW driving,rrsp having,suit wearing types that don't like David Suzuki. Sorry to have wasted your time friend,I personally think he would make agreat Primeminister.(and as for me - I'm so far left I keep falling off the edge.)the reason I don't post under my name is not so much that I fear for myself,but that I'd hate to give some psycho the opportunity to hurt my family just because my opinion differs from theirs.If I'm not taken seriously by others then so be it,I prefer to keep it light anyways.”
Torontosaurous on Mar 7, 2013 at 19:15:21
“And by the way,that typo makes it look like YOU can't "thing" for yourself !”
Torontosaurous on Mar 7, 2013 at 08:20:01
“Hey Mark- you've got a real problem.I think your brain might be diseased or something,you should get that checked out befor you are in contact with the public again.”
“Right track... but we need more treatment spending on mental health. All research spending does is make drug companies wealthy. Time to start spending on the treatments for those who need it - and not just the research.”
Mar 1, 2013 at 15:53:32
“I completely disagree with what Mr. Flanagan said. And I find his opinions distasteful and bitter-old-man stinky. BUT this was said to a classroom of students and meant to engage a debate. To see Mr. Flanagan's comments judged outside an academic setting (and completely out of context) is unfortunate for the students. It is an unfortunate lesson for those intending to engage students on their own turf and will only serve to devalue the classroom experience. The students were absolutely correct to "boo" Mr. Flanagan. But by posting his comments in a public forum they have overstepped the protocol of open and lively classroom discussion. As for Mr. Flanagan personally? I could care less.”
nete peedham on Mar 2, 2013 at 09:18:09
“Had nothing whatsoever to do with engaging students.
By the way, 'out of context'? Did you even WATCH the video?”
“And I agree with you. The vast majority of Americans are not familiar with history. I see a guy with a swastika tatooed to his body and I'm not thinking " love, strength and good luck". And in all likelyhood, he wasn't, either, when he decided to wear it.”
“The swastika has a history 3,000 years old to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck. The swastika was a common decoration that often adorned cigarette cases, postcards, coins, and buildings. During World War I, the swastika could even be found on the shoulder patches of the American 45th Division and on the Finnish air force.
Today's understanding of the swastika is associated with the murder of millions of people.
Similarly, your argument is (unfortunately) moot since recent history tends to trump ancient history. The once proud Confederate Flag may have been bastardized by the KKK. But that is its most recent, lasting and principal association - like it or not.”
dkennylee on Feb 10, 2013 at 21:43:23
“that depends on the person, there is in my mind nothing wrong with this flag. like it or not i am not standing alone here”
“"President Obama should go on TV and ask people not to eat yellow snow if only for the joy of hearing Fox News explain how good yellow snow really is."
--From the World Wide Web--”
pg1960 on Jan 31, 2013 at 13:18:26
“If this works, that could be the start of something awesome "President Obama: In the interest of furthering my utopian socialist nanny state, I urge the American People not to stick forks into active toasters" "Next days headlines, “Fox News personalities [SIC] Hannity, Doocey, Carlson, Kilmeade, and Baier all killed in electrocution incidents"”
“LOL.... Fascinating. You are basing your "facts" on this article? You do realize that is is a hoax? Google the name of the mine, then remove the last two letters of the mine and re-Google. It is a hoax story (just too juicy for legitimate medias to identify as such).
This is the type of source materials that foil-hat-heads quote without a critical looking beneath the headline. While you're looking up the work "fact" (as PV suggested), also look up the word "fiction". You've been duped. PeterVanKan was just pointing it out. I am providing the proof.
“Are you talking about your faith in space aliens or God? They're all the same to me. ;-)
I'll put my faith in facts of which google is a minor source - but adequately effective in this particular instance.
Consider the number of posters of/to this story who gush over the possibilities and implications of this fictional story when a simple google search exposes it for what it is.
Space alien visitors are remote but scientifically possible. God was debunked several decades ago (but you know that already). But this particular story is fiction; a religious artifact for those who believe in booby-hatch and tinfoil-hat theories.
Thanks for your comment.”
thedofuss on Jan 26, 2013 at 22:58:54
“actually, im not sure what im takking about, which makes me a good fit for this forum. i happen to believe without querstion that we are not alone in the universe--just my opinion, based on my own research on the various stories, studies, photographs, etc. also, i look at it this way: there are alleged to be a billion, billion stars (pick a number!) in the milky way constellation alone--which is a speck in the dust of the universe. even if the universe were created totally out of randomness, i.e, sans divine intervention, the milky way is home to in excess of 1 quadrillion stars (not to mention planets). and, the extent of the so-called universe is unknown--call it infinity--so mathematically speaking, the probability of another earth-like environment is clearly substantial.”
machugh on Jan 26, 2013 at 08:06:57
“What's wrong with tin foil hats? I think mine is pretty.”
“Yes. Actually I agree with you on the coso geode find. It is more intriguing and I have heard of this artifact. The challenge is that, when a hoax story (Chernogorodskiy mines find) is so widely distributed with absolutely no research on the part of the media running it, then it calls into question other finds like the coso geode.
The artifact that "this" story is based on is clearly a fiction. Took me about four minutes to determine (and prove) that. Meanwhile over the past five days the story has been re-distributed 250 times (and growing) as "fact" by news media.
Thanks for your comment and suggestion.”
wolfm106 on Jan 26, 2013 at 10:56:47
“Thank you for your response, and I agree with yoru concern. Any huffington post story is suspect of course, possibly due to an apparent desire on its part to fabricate or distort news rather than impartially report it, but I must admit I believed this one simply because I had heard of this sort of thing before. I didn't do the research myself, and unfortunately a large number of other people wouldn't either. Perhaps huffington post articles should come with a disclaimer reading something to the effect of "no research or verification done, story may or may not be true or accurate"?”
“Google: Chernogorodskiy mines. There are 250 references to it. All references in in conjunction to this story. NONE vary on the spelling.
Now, Google: Chernogorsk strip mine. You will find 485,000 results references to a coal mine in Russia but NONE referring to a mystery metal.
This is a hoax. Fleece the name with a couple of letters and you get something vaguely credible. Probably started by the "Ancient Aliens" proponents. I'll put my faith in Google.”
thedofuss on Jan 26, 2013 at 05:23:29
“we all have faith in something. if google works for you....”
wolfm106 on Jan 26, 2013 at 00:21:49
“Whether or not this is a hoax, it's far from a unique story. There have been all sorts of manufactured items found in coal, and even a few in limestone if I remember correctly. You might try googling the coso geode, if you have some spare time.”
Jan 12, 2013 at 13:47:19
“Listen, Twirp. I work in an industry that deals with creative copyright issues. You're garbage morals are a cost of doing business in my industry. But that doesn't make it, or you right. You steal from my table. Whether you pay $10 bucks for something or steal it and you're branded as a thief - nothing is ever "free".”
Jan 12, 2013 at 11:09:37
“Well, you asked.
It wasn't right then, and it isn't right now.
Only difference between then and now is that the copying is track-able.
If you'd sent a letter to the publishers after copying a cassette tape "back in the 80's", then I'm sure they would be equally ready to squeeze their extra five bucks out of you.
Your logic and justification for theft is a bit disturbing.”
Marie Kitchener on Jan 12, 2013 at 20:16:19
“Legitimate question here Mark.
How does the blank media levy fits into this? It used to be that when a person bought a blank tape or cd there was an extra cost built into the purchase price that was supposed to be distributed to rights holders.
Has that changed now?”
Retro Dude on Jan 12, 2013 at 17:56:04
“perfect copies...distributed perfectly may have something to do with it”
hanse672000 on Jan 12, 2013 at 13:52:18
“It was legal then to make a backup copy, in fact we Canadians have been paying a surcharge on all recordable media in part because we've had the right to back up
Your logic and justification for calling something copied as 'theft' is absurd.”
UofRStudent on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:55:59
“I'm sorry, but it wasn't illegal "back in the 80's". Perhaps you should do some research before you go blabbering in.”
Optimus past my Prime on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:35:16
“So, you've never broken a single solitary law in your entire life? Please. Also copying isn't track-able, file sharing is. I find your self-aggrandizing air of pomposity a bit disturbing.The view from your high horse must be amazing.”