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  • Hydrocodone   11 min 26 sec ago

    I take Tramadol and have for 7 years now. It works and without it I am bedridden with pain. It is safe and works synergistically with NSAIDs whether it is paracetamol, ibuprofen, or diclofenac.

     jerome-e-groopman writes  with authority on the medical field, and reviews other's works. He reviewed f+gonzalez+crussi work very positively. Crussi writes of cultural medical history and it's focus on various organs and regions of the human body in Carrying The Heart. The Chinese focus on bowels and bowel movement is called the Zi-gu or 'the violent lady'. A concubine was killed by a jealous wife while on the toilet and her ghost has haunted latrines ever since. High fiber diets might contraindicate their desire for sweedy defecation, Victorian's desire to remediate the same unseemly act (as well as sex) solved it with  large colon removal and even complete colon removal. They did fart less.  

  • Does the Economy Serve Us or Them?   20 min 59 sec ago

    Just for the record, folks, I'd like to back off a little on one of the points made in my post #32.  Where I said that 75% of medical-related bankruptcies involved folks who were "insured", I was repeating what I'd understood the stats to be, before the Affordable Care Act kicked in.  This statistic may be less accurate now than prior to "Obamacare".  However last I heard, since "Obamacare" got started, one thing hasn't changed: 51% of total bankruptcies in the USA are from these outrageous medical bills.  God bless America.  - Aliceinwonderland

  • Terminology is important   1 hour 13 min ago

    I'd suggest that this link is probably as close an answer as you're going to find to your question.

     International Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics, 1970-2012

    http://www.bls.gov/fls/flscomparelf.htm

    It includes stats on labor force participation rates.

     

  • Apartheid Solution   1 hour 28 min ago

    UN forces might offer a stability option. GOP wants to ankle monitor the kids. Why not just tag them in their ears with migration signal beepers? But include a pulse monitor link so when they are killed if they are returned to Honduras or relocated to Chicago, Detroit, or LA it stops and signifies deceased, offline. 

    I was part of refugee relocation procedures aka Vietnamese boat people by way of visiting staging countries and villages as well as seeing them in transport on airplanes [They wore licence plate style signs hanging from their necks]. The villages were really neat, to me anyhow. Built on bamboo poles out over the Pacific from the beaches in the Phillipines, with electification, a community parabola access tv, and running water, Christian, Budhist, Shintu, and Muslim chapels, kids kicking a beanbag style ball like it was handball, and having fun. I thought at the time that even though they poorer than dirt they were better off than some Americans in the supposedly richest country on earth in history. There could be similar multilateral refugee processes enacted. The US pays for more imprisonment of more people than any country on earth, for profit of course. Strong against crime is also a welfare program for business interests, especially when prison labor is added to the ledger. It could actually be a stage in a legitimate refugee policy and procedure, and could afford it. It would fit with Christian values that Americans supposedly profess to adhere to. Of course I expect they will be sent home to die like the refugees from nazi occupied countries were. Tradition is patriotic don't you know.     

  • Terminology is important   1 hour 29 min ago

    If I may raise a question without starting a fight, how do the discouraged workers who are not looking for employment get calculated in Europe.  Here, they are no longer unemployed if they are not looking for work.  The real stat is jobs and not unemployment.  What percentage of the population is working?  Not, what percentage of those who have not found work are still looking.

  • Apartheid Solution   1 hour 36 min ago

    Dexterous wrote:

    Perhaps Sweden may offer to take ten or fifteen thousand as a gesture of kindness and civility?  With Sweden's free healthcare they would not have to go through the stress of enrolling in obamacare.  Come college time, they would not have the student loan issues they will have here in the US.

    Come on, "it's for the children"

    Gee, I wasn't aware that crossing the Mexican American border without proper documentation makes children into property that the US can give away.  You learn something new every day.

  • Speculation Kills ..... Supply & Demand   1 hour 38 min ago

    Lots of drillers, maybe.  Some pipelines, some refineries, some ships and a fungible necessity.  It is not about how much is produced, it is about how much gets to market, when and where.  

    You have not addressed the point about legitimate derivatives where someone using a necessary resource like energy needs to have a price set to budget the business.  Unlike "speculation," the insurance derivative gives a top price that can still work for the business, and if the price of energy falls, it is a windfall profit year.  If the price goes above the derivative, it is insurance that keeps the business operating.

    When people who have no use for a commodity "corner the market," they are playing with supply and demand to extract profits the metrics themselves would not yield.  They create artificial scarcity, or, if they want to drive other businesses out of the game, they flood the market with cheap products until they are the only ones who matter in marketing.  Then, they extract what they can leverage.

    We might agree on the ethics and purposes of Commerce were we able to limit the role of Commerce to the margins of society rather than place it at the center.  Disposable income for luxuries and personal choice pleasures above the line of necessitousness can play by "let the buyer beware." When it is milk money for the baby or the rent/mortgage or that great investment from Jim Cramer, avoid the 'fast money hustle.'

  • Apartheid Solution   1 hour 48 min ago

    When you object to being called a disruptive idiot who cannot even make a decent post, ahole, btw, in the mix, remember that you are supposed to bring something when you visit.  You show up wanting a meal, a room and a bath, and then you insult the host.

  • Does the Economy Serve Us or Them?   2 hours 16 min ago

    So you've said many times, Fabian.  And I agree.

  • We are subsidizing our own destruction.   2 hours 33 min ago

    To be honest, this isn't the brightest generation. I saw an incident some time ago that "said it all." A man was sitting in his car, parked at the curb with the engine running. A woman walked by, smoking a cigaret, and the man in his pollution machine made some comment to the woman about polluting "his" air. Few smoke, most drive. The most carcinogenic type of smoke is the kind that contains oil particles, and the leading cause in the US today is our motor vehicles. These oil particles are what is killing off forests, which provide the oxygen we require. This is the cause of climate change. Need I mention that demand for oil keeps us engaged in wars? The middle class has consistently fought every effort to invest in building a modern, affordable mass transportation system, and continue to insist that they "have the right" to drive as much as they wish.

  • SUPER TYPHOON heading for JAPAN..now an EARTHQUAKE & possible tsunami...what's happening at FUKUSHIMA??   2 hours 34 min ago
  • SUPER TYPHOON heading for JAPAN..now an EARTHQUAKE & possible tsunami...what's happening at FUKUSHIMA??   2 hours 51 min ago

    Here is one link...

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/11/strong-earthquake-hits-northern-...

     If we're to believe CNN there is NOTHING at all to worry about......no tsunami......

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/11/world/asia/japan-earthquake/index.html

     

     

  • Does the Economy Serve Us or Them?   2 hours 54 min ago

    For that matter, one of the leading causes of poverty is illness. Currently, another leading cause is that the US has been shipping out our working class jobs since the 1980s. Regardless, this generation decided that "there is no excuse" for being jobless and poor.

  • SUPER TYPHOON heading for JAPAN..now an EARTHQUAKE & possible tsunami...what's happening at FUKUSHIMA??   2 hours 56 min ago

    HEAR WE GO AGAIN........ I just heard on the radio that Japan had ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE that triggered a tsunami! I am going to see what I can find out about this latest and I hope if you find something you will post it here.

  • Does the Economy Serve Us or Them?   3 hours 18 sec ago

    Odd. We've been in a pretty intense class war for years. Did anyone not notice? Today, the rich are simply doing to the middle class what the middle class already did to the poor -- often enough, using the same "justifications."  With the the proverbial "masses," the middle class and poor, so deeply pitted against each other, there isn't much we can do to push back.

  • How to leap frog carbon...   3 hours 10 min ago

    DAnneMarc: I read the information in that link you provided. Interesting difference of opinions between the conservative and liberal Christians and Jews. The liberal Christian's position in most of it is far more believable than the conservative position. But, I believe that most of it is all just made up.

    I know that Abraham came to the Levant from the city of Ur in the fertile crescent and brought stories with him, like the flood story...the Epic of Gilgamesh morphed into the Noah's ark story. etc. And a lot of other stories were plagiarized from other ancient stories that may or may not have been true.

  • We are subsidizing our own destruction.   3 hours 11 min ago

    Thom, Charity Hicks passed away Tuesday, July 8th, after not coming out of the coma. She was the very first person to be arrested for taking action against the water shutoffs here in Detroit. I knew that her mother and husband had been at her side since the accident, and were asking donations for her medical bill, but now they have other bills like bring her home for burial and helping her husband get caught up with the things he couldn't pay because of being out of work and out of state.  So if anyone could donate please do. Here is the link: Charity Mahouna Hicks "Wage Love" Fund

    Thank you,

    Jean

     

     

  • We are subsidizing our own destruction.   3 hours 14 min ago

    Thom, we can't stop using fossil fuels, we are totally dependend upon them. If we stopped using fossil fuels, the economy would collapse & there would be mass starvation, if we continue to use fossil fuels, the economy would still collaspe as those fuels declined & there would be mass starvation.

    We have already passed the tipping point, more & more methane is escaping from the ocean shelf's, a gas that's 40x more potent than CO2, & it's escaping in the Antarctic & the permafrost around the Arctic, this will excellerate climate change.

    We wouldn't be in such a mess if we had done what we were suppose to do at the begining of the "green revollution" that was powered by fossil fuels. But we instead made abortion illegal, we made sex education illegal & we made contraseptives illegal or difficult to obtain. Even today, the fundamentalist conservative believers continue to fight against a womans right to her own body, more states are making abortion, birth control & even sex education difficult to get.We have lost the opprotunity to stop population growth & now we are doomed to collaspe. It's too late to save ourselves, we are toast.

  • Apartheid Solution   3 hours 24 min ago

    /assessing-immigrant-integration-sweden-after-may-2013-riots

    My SFI [Swedish for immigrants] class was comprised of one Iraqi, one Iranian, one Slovenian, one UK, two Dutch [married couple], two Lithuanians [teenage sisters, really cute, looked like twins but were appalled that anyone thought they weren't their own persona], one Liberian, one Chilean, one Lebanese [Dex, that's not lesbian, there's a difference], and a few others I can't remember. That was 10 years ago when I started listening to Thom and joined this message board while on an educational leave from work in London.  

     

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    One town of about 80,000 people, Södertälje, since the mid-2000s has taken in more Iraqi refugees than the United States and Canada combined.
    The US ought to take in 35 times as many as Sweden on a per capiita basis. IMO a 100 times as many since it caused the crisis in the first place, but that would be responsibility, an unknown quality in American foreign policy. 

  • How to leap frog carbon...   3 hours 34 min ago

    DAnneMarc: I wonder just how many of those conservative literalists would have their children stoned for being disobedient or disrespectful of their parents.

    atheism.wikia.com wrote:
    Disobedient and disrespectful children should be stoned to death. (Exodus 21:17) [4] Stoning is a slow and cruel death. Stoning to death is the prescribed Old Testament punishment for many different types of sins (this punishment is also ascribed to oxen who gore people). In the new Testament Jesus confirmed that disobedient children should die.

    http://atheism.wikia.com/wiki/Bible

    And it specifically says in the Bible that Jesus said not to pray in public...not in the synagogs or street corners...but in private. How many Christians or Jews or Muslims really believe that they are following the commandments of Jesus or of their God? Jesus said to keep your religion to yourself...according to the Bible. They are all hypocrites who pick and choose what they want to believe.

    Here's a guy that really ticks religious people off. I used to listen to him a lot. (less than 5 minute video)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEt20PgKmcU&feature=related

  • Bigger problems?   3 hours 47 min ago

    Alberto Ceras 2 wrote:

    This from further down in the John Pilger article:

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    On 11 July, following the latest Israeli, American equipped slaughter in Gaza - 80 people including six children in one family - an Israeli general writes in the Guardian under the headline, "A necessary show of force".

    Do read the entire essay. But I expect that few of you, most likely none of you, will take the time. But then I don't expect that I have followers here, either.

    I don't know what "submissive void" means in the last pagraph of the article.

    I'm inclined to think it has something to do with Germans still feeling the sting of WWI, and what that did to their pride in their country, and desire to regain that pride. But I'm sure I'm way off. But I'm still sure I'm not way off on you being a jerk.

     

  • Bigger problems?   4 hours 2 min ago

    Alberto Ceras 2 wrote:

    This from further down in the John Pilger article:

    Quote:
    On 11 July, following the latest Israeli, American equipped slaughter in Gaza - 80 people including six children in one family - an Israeli general writes in the Guardian under the headline, "A necessary show of force".

    Do read the entire essay. But I expect that few of you, most likely none of you, will take the time. But then I don't expect that I have followers here, either.

     

    Reading this article, I see why Drc2 credits you for your words, because as I imagine you agreeing with everything stated in this article , you insist others read, it denounces ”American Exceptionalism.” But at the same time, I see you miss the idea that the left is not a willing participant in this game.  In fact, you think Obama, and by association, we all, are just as culpable.

  • Bigger problems?   4 hours 36 min ago

    Alberto Ceras 2 wrote:

    This from further down in the John Pilger article:

    Quote:
    On 11 July, following the latest Israeli, American equipped slaughter in Gaza - 80 people including six children in one family - an Israeli general writes in the Guardian under the headline, "A necessary show of force".

    Do read the entire essay. But I expect that few of you, most likely none of you, will take the time. But then I don't expect that I have followers here, either.

    "Despotism is a legitimate mode of government in dealing with barbarians, provided the end be their improvement, and the means justified by actually effecting that end." The "barbarians" were large sections of humanity of whom "implicit obedience" was required.”

    It means it’s not “barbarism”, if “right” is on your side. Which I suppose could be true, if it were the only way to defeat a true evil.

    It reminds me of Patton’s, “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.     

    Those days are long gone.

    - See more at: http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/07/bigger-problems#comment-275514

     

  • Bigger problems?   4 hours 38 min ago

    Alberto Ceras 2 wrote:

    This from further down in the John Pilger article:

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    On 11 July, following the latest Israeli, American equipped slaughter in Gaza - 80 people including six children in one family - an Israeli general writes in the Guardian under the headline, "A necessary show of force".

    Do read the entire essay. But I expect that few of you, most likely none of you, will take the time. But then I don't expect that I have followers here, either.

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    "Despotism is a legitimate mode of government in dealing with barbarians, provided the end be their improvement, and the means justified by actually effecting that end." The "barbarians" were large sections of humanity of whom "implicit obedience" was required.”

    It means it’s not “barbarism”, if “right” is on your side. Which I suppose could be true, if it were the only way to defeat a true evil.

    It reminds me of Patton’s, “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.     

    Those days are long gone.

     

  • Bigger problems?   5 hours 9 min ago

    Alberto Ceras 2 wrote:

    This from further down in the John Pilger article:

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    On 11 July, following the latest Israeli, American equipped slaughter in Gaza - 80 people including six children in one family - an Israeli general writes in the Guardian under the headline, "A necessary show of force".

    Do read the entire essay. But I expect that few of you, most likely none of you, will take the time. But then I don't expect that I have followers here, either.

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    I’m probably going to regret saying this, as I don’t want to discuss, or debate you, about anything, and you will most likely ridicule my comments, because no matter how I express my take, you will insist it involve some oath to stand up and do what you advocate for, in a violently insistent manner.

    As I read, “"the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole",  I think that means that this heinous act, is able to be condoned, and even regaled, by many, in that it was able to be presented, and continued to be accepted as if it not only paled by comparison, but was “noble” in the minds of the supporters, who continue to refuse to consider it, and want to just move on to the next phase, or situation, as if it’s a notch in the belt of one more righteous act.  Of course that’s not to fail to understand the many others like it, weren’t thought highly of at the time, but that this one is still considered valiant, after the fact, and after all that we know.

    While another Wilde. Or Shaw, might be a pleasurable, and  needed gift, to some right now (I’m not a big reader), I think what we need, more, is another Murrow, or Cronkite. When I was younger, I always chuckled, when news programs expressed how “trusted’ they were, as if we weren’t getting the same news from other “trusted” news sources. Now decades later, I wish we had just one.