May 30, 2014 at 20:46:24
“What happens when a public health system is run by a government that hates any successful application of the public sector to any issue and does its best to neglect it just enough to manufacture enough consent to sell it off to their cronies.”
“I question Mike Huckabee's Christian faith. He supports a political party that sides with the rich and powerful against the poor and oppressed. This is in direct opposition to the message of Jesus. He stigmatizes and spits venom against others based on his own self righteousness. This is against the message of Jesus. He's a multimillionaire and uses his political position to support policies that enrich the wealthy and impoverish the poor. Jesus had some things to say about rich men's chances of getting into Heaven.
Mike Huckabee is unchristian. Clearly he's just pretending to be a Christian to provide cover for his unchristian acts.
Now didn't that seem incredibly inappropriate? To question someone's deepest convictions based on my partisan view point?”
Feb 26, 2014 at 16:43:01
“If you sign an agreement with someone and they promptly break it as soon as they get some benefit from being in it does it incline you to do business with them again? The Liberals themselves established themselves as untrustworthy, self interested coalition partners infuriating Canadians of all political stripes at the time. You can't blame Mulcair for being angry and saying what he said later. Lets address what happens now that he has extended an olive branch - taking the onus of explaining coalition obstructionism off the NDP and leaving it purely for the Liberals to defend.”
Philos King on Feb 27, 2014 at 09:10:53
“So which Mulcair are we supposed to believe then? The one who pledged to "never" work with the Liberals again, or the one who says "of course" they'd work with the Liberals?
The fact of the matter is that the only ones with something to lose out of that arrangement were the Liberals. It's not rocket science to understand why Dion and Ignatieff found the arrangement a difficult one to back, if you consider it was the Liberals who wrote the Clarity Act. The NDP would look good no matter what, the Liberals not so much.
Perhaps without the BLOC in the mix things will be different. Personally I think a Liberal/NDP arrangement works well over all for the people that actually matter, i.e. Canadians.”
Feb 26, 2014 at 11:56:25
“How is it a change of heart? He's said we've always been able to work with the Liberals but the last time we tried to they walked away and supported the Cons through multiple confidence votes instead. All he's done is lob the ball back to the Liberal side of the court and now the question of why we can't have a coalition is up to the Liberals to explain.”
Philos King on Feb 26, 2014 at 11:58:57
“"...Mulcair said the coalition experience with the Liberals taught him everything he needed to know about the party. They're untrustworthy, he said, and pledged never work with them again — in a formal or informal coalition..."
Cliff, honestly, how does this Mulcair quote square with your claim?”
“Multiple studies have shown non-trivial health and longevity indicators in favor of mixed breed dogs. A study of over 23000 dog life spans found 'The median age at death was "8.5 years for all mixed breed dogs, and 6.7 years for all pure breed dogs" in the study.' Breeders certainly don't like the fact of hybrid vigor but it does exist.
“Gonna have to give me something better than a 14 year old article referencing a body weight study -- this was not a study to prove, or disprove, genetic issues in pure bred dogs. LOL As for "hybrid vigor" -- this is also not something readily accepted by geneticists as legitimate. The truth is that the same thing you're claiming about "inbreeding" can be said for severe "outbreeding" (mutts). Problem is, with mutts, you don't have any idea what dogs are behind these animals, nor do you have any idea what health/genetic/temperament issues any of those dogs possessed. You don't always have that information with pure bred dogs either, but with responsible breeding, you do. Again ... NOTHING wrong with choosing to adopt a mutt from a shelter or rescue organization ... but also NO need to trash pure bred dogs in the process -- particularly if radical opinion-only based information has to be used to do it.”
“Healthier, longer lived, generally better natured all due to not being inbred half hysterical breeder creations living on borrowed time. I'm a big fan of mutts, you generally get a healthier, happier animal that will be part of your life longer because it has some genetic diversity.”
ozdog39 on Feb 18, 2014 at 13:44:58
“So, let me get this straight ... a Catahoula Leopard Dog/Pit Bull mix is guaranteed to have a stable temperament -- how? Unfortunately, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that this "genetic diversity" you speak of is anything other than animal rights propaganda. I have three pure bred dogs in my house right now, all over the age of 12 (the oldest soon to be 16). Educate yourself using something other than special interest blogs. AVA is a good place to start. And then talk to responsible breeders of healthy pure bred dogs for an education on "in-breeding", which very few people do. Mutts can be wonderful companions and deserve all the love in the world -- but your claims are completely baseless.”
Feb 12, 2014 at 17:07:50
“Go to youtube and type Canadian -or US DNS - before you are done it will auto complete to 'how to get US netflix on Playstation - or Wii, or xbox - search for recent ones and then don't bother watching the video unless you need to know to set DNS just expand the More field under the video for the numbers.”
Feb 12, 2014 at 14:13:35
“I honestly don't understand paying for a proxy service when 5 minutes searching online will find you US DNS numbers. Switch from auto DNS to manual DNS and change the numbers. Done. Without a monthly subscription charge.”
LittleBird89 on Feb 12, 2014 at 16:55:18
“I find that after a couple days the DNS numbers aren't good and have trouble finding ones that work, could you link a website that you use?”
“Love big dogs of course but the sad fact is that a dog's heart is really only equipped by evolution to pump blood to about 40 pounds of body and selective breeding has created giants that are very unhealthy. The larger the dog, generally the shorter the life-span.”
Chris Harmon on Feb 14, 2014 at 16:34:47
“My 15 yo Akita black lab mix would beg to differ with you. Mutts have a huge advantage in this area.”
Flokk on Feb 12, 2014 at 21:07:06
“I know. It's very sad. Tiny dogs sadden me for the same reason. Basically all these overbred animals that have genetic issues/limitations as a result of humans practicing animal eugenics in trying to obtain some specific set of traits...it's a shame.”
Mkelly534 on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:38:32
“I have always wanted a couple Irish Wolfhounds but they cost thousands of dollars each and only live for about 6-8 years. I think you are right about the bigger dogs. Shame”
scotchleaf on Feb 12, 2014 at 01:00:06
“Aren't all dogs descended from wolves, which average 75-100 pounds?”
kooldalai on Feb 11, 2014 at 23:24:27
“Oddly, it was our biggest dog that we had longest. Two of the small ones were hit by cars, another one died of heart worm disease, this was a long time ago and we didn't know until it was too late, however, our St Bernard lived to eleven, so I guess even with small dogs we don't know how long we will have them. However, keeping them healthy and safe will definitely make a difference. I now have a small terrier mix and hope to have her a long time.”
Angie Daniels on Feb 11, 2014 at 20:33:47
“Some of the larger (but not huge) mutts live pretty long lives. (like golden or smaller) I know someone who has had 3 goldens live to 17.”
Pat Patrix on Feb 11, 2014 at 20:15:35
“Someone else mentioned it but Tibetan Mastiff's can live up to 14 years. I think it's because of how old the original breed is, basically it's a dog you DON'T want to breed to be larger as it's naturally larger. The more it's bred or inbred the more genetic problems come up so you want to keep them as pure as possible to keep them healthy. Which is usually the opposite for many other breeds, especially large ones.”
yipesss on Feb 11, 2014 at 20:07:00
“40 pounds? And yet the wolf from which they descended weigh between 85 and 110 pounds. The older breeds of dogs, the large working/herding breeds are all closer to wolf sizes than the newer more inbred pocket pets. More selective breeding, and farther from natural are the smaller breeds.”
Drama Llama on Feb 11, 2014 at 18:43:08
“I remember reading the Irish Wolfhound they have pictured only lives on average 6 to 8 years.
But those big ole furry Tibetan Mastiffs buck the trend.... They can live up to 14 years lol.”
Joseph Burch on Feb 11, 2014 at 18:41:16
“What is the optimal life-span for a dog?”
Bruce Forbes on Feb 11, 2014 at 17:19:51
“I had a Great Dane, and she only lived to be eight and a half, but what a wonderful, lovely, eight and a half years it was.”
dogsrmyfavoritepeople on Feb 11, 2014 at 16:09:09
“Jeez, you're just a little ray of sunshine, aren't ya?!”
Adrienne Williams on Feb 11, 2014 at 15:26:41
“sS true. It was stated that dogs come from bears and wolfs.. so they were in fact bigger before all the breading and mixing them to strange sizes.... Well that's what I read.”
FreewheelinFranklin on Feb 11, 2014 at 14:24:18
“The other major genetic defect all large dogs have is, of course.... the "couch gene".”
NickaRay on Feb 11, 2014 at 13:59:55
“It sucks...but they are worth having. No matter how short their life span.”
“As has been repeatedly pointed out A:) he filmed himself committing the crime B:) he specifically and explicitly made clear ON VIDEO that his crime was predicated on the race of his victim and C:) there is no evidence that the 'knockout game' has been exclusively about black on white violence rather than just thuggishness against any potential target.”
Nov 18, 2013 at 15:01:14
“I really hope Ford and various federal Conservatives keep publicly suggesting that forthrightly admitting to marijuana use as a pivot to discuss drug policy with being forced to admit to smoking crack because there's VIDEO.
Nov 13, 2013 at 12:59:16
“Hmmm but if we are placing marijuana in the same addiction category as activities like gambling or risk taking say, activities that might cause over-stimulation of our own bodies dopamine rather than a chemical that actually replaces it - I would still qualify that as not just a quantitative difference but a qualitative one as well.”
Jonro777 on Nov 13, 2013 at 14:26:28
“It is perhaps a useful biological distinction – which I assume is what you meant by "physical addiction" – but the behavioral result is the same: withdrawal, cognitive deficits, emotional distress, lower level of functioning, inability to quit despite repeated attempts. From a behavioral standpoint, there's not much difference in kind. It depends on whether addiction is defined behaviorally or physiologically.
But again, artificial cannabinoids can replace natural physiological functions given enough time and dosage. 20 joints a day for six months is probably in the ballpark.”
Nov 12, 2013 at 16:51:54
“Sure pot can be habit forming - nobody really denies that. But physical addiction means the substance you are taking actually stops your body from producing an analogous substance naturally. So stimulants replace the body's natural stimulant hormones, pain relievers the body's natural pain dampening hormones etc - so when you quit it takes days or weeks for your body to recover and start producing the hormone it stopped producing and that's withdrawal.. Ever had a headache because you missed your morning cup of coffee? Congratulations you are addicted to caffeine and were going through withdrawal.
Pot is neither a stimulant nor a depressant. Its a very very mild hallucinogen. A heavy user might get anxious or cranky when deprived of it but won't be going through physical addiction withdrawal.”
Jonro777 on Nov 12, 2013 at 18:47:24
“That's a tempting definition, but it's not so simple when you consider the dopamine reward pathway. When you do, the line between chemical/non-chemical addiction becomes blurred. A gambling addict receives a flood of dopamine when winning at the slots or even just considering the possibility of winning, which disrupts his/her body's natural production of dopamine; the withdrawal experienced from an interruption of their habit is an actual withdrawal of dopamine, as addiction causes baseline levels of dopamine to lower. This is a well-documented effect of several "habit-forming" behaviors. Where do we draw the line?
Addiction takes place not because of the chemical makeup of the stimuli, but because the chemical makeup of the addict's brain. Pot is a powerfully rewarding stimuli, and can easily overload the dopamine reward pathway. And aside from this pathway, there is actually a point one will suffer physiological withdrawal from marijuana. Cannabinoids are a natural neurotransmitter, and it's plausible that extreme intake of marijuana could act on cannabinoid receptors the same way you described caffeine. I haven't personally read studies that demonstrate that, but I assume something like that has been discovered by those responsible for the DSM-V.”
Matthew Joe Carr on Nov 12, 2013 at 17:18:22
“a reaction is the world doesn't quite seem real, like it's all made out of cardboard. Slight detachment from yourself and your surroundings... like it;s not quite you doing what you're doing, It''s hard to describe but perfectly fine to get 'used to' not so much a downside really and it does pass only it passes so slowly you don't realise it until one day you do realise that everything is normal.”
Oct 31, 2013 at 10:46:31
“'One proposal from Edmonton-Sherwood Park asks the party to amend its labour policy to include the belief that “the government should prevent mandatory dues collected by unions from being diverted to fund political causes unrelated to workplace needs.”'
Will they also pass resolutions seeking to limit all corporate political donations? I don't think so.”
Sep 12, 2013 at 14:04:09
Canada British Columbia
“Psychopaths are incurable. She will always be a danger to anyone or any creature weaker than her that she has access to. Letting her have a pet means sentencing that animal to a horrible, torturous death. No.”
“So much Christian butt-hurt! read the last two paragraphs again.
Nothing the author says denigrates faith in any way. IF your faith is so weak that any external analysis of it's basis by other means seems very threatening and upsetting to you then it's your faith that is weak.
Christians don't OWN Christianity anymore than Muslims own Islam or Jews Judaism. These are huge philosophical and sociological influences on human history and as such are justifiable sources of investigation and speculation.
And differences of opinion.
Christians used to go the lions for faith, now a slightly questioning tone arouses hysterics.”
Jul 24, 2013 at 18:35:39
“My wife and I once had a stop-over in Saskatchewan. I sat in a mall open-mouthed watching as a pack of 4 security guards closely tailed three perfectly harmless looking native teenagers through the mall fiercely whispering into their radios and taking notes. They followed the kids all the way out of the mall and onto the sidewalk surveiling them till they crossed the street. A couple more native kids entered and the grotesque show started all over.
I looked at my wife who grew up their in shock and she said "Welcome to Saskatchewan."”
larryloosebrian on Jul 24, 2013 at 21:53:21
“I saw a security guard hassle a black teenager in Toronto but I don't think Toronto is full of bigots.”
“Interesting. He's one of the formative figures in the Norwegian Black Metal scene. He burned down churches and murdered a band mate between being one of the originators of the corpse paint make up and throat rakingly growled lyrics styles. I knew his prison time must have come to an end recently because even for murder the maximum sentence in Norway is about 20 years. It's not terribly surprising that he promptly got in trouble again. I've seen a lot of interviews with him, he's the definition of a wide-eyed fanatic.”