Daily Topics - Friday February 4th, 2011

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Hour Two: Geeky Science Rocks - Why scientists say it's good for little girls to get dirty!

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Pretzelogic in Philly PA's picture
Pretzelogic in ... 9 years 33 weeks ago
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Q: Why do scientists say it's good for girls to get dirty?

A: Because most scientists are still guys...

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j.sea 9 years 33 weeks ago
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..."factory farms" = nightmares. If those who eat meat would become willing to look at what is done in their name, with their dollar -- factory farms would end. Respect for the animal is respect for the Creator.
Blindly allowing these torture factories to exist is a part of allowing mega-corps to walk all over us.

Right on Thom; Re: the grotesque trophy hunter. New ugly twist: restaurants for the super greedy that serve up endangered "game" -- including Gorilla -- here -- yes, HERE, and in Europe, to the super greedy so they can feel like Nero. Go to http://www.janegoodall.org/action. It is served under the name of "bushmeat".

It is the world divide between the cruel and those who believe that cruelty is a necessary survival skill -- and compassion and those who believe that compassion is a necessary spiritual skill and the foremost skill needed to build successful, long-lasting, thriving communities.

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gerald 9 years 33 weeks ago
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Why are the police so aggressive toward the public?In part because their ranks attract bullies, sociopaths and psychopaths. Even normal cops are proud of their authority and expect deference. Even cops who are not primed to be set off can turn nasty in a heartbeat.In part because police are not accountable. The effort decades ago to have civilian police review boards was beat back by "law and order" conservatives.In part because the police have been militarized by the federal government, equipped with military weapons, and trained to view the public as the enemy. In part because the Bush/Cheney/Obama regimes have made every American a suspect. The only civil liberty that has any force in the U.S. today is the law against racial discrimination. This law requires that every American citizen be treated as if he were a Muslim terrorist. The Transportation Security Administration rigorously enforces the refusal to discriminate between terrorist and citizen at airports and is now taking its gestapo violations of privacy into every form of travel and congregation: trucking, bus and train travel, sports events, and, without doubt, shopping centers and automobile traffic.

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gerald 9 years 33 weeks ago
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As I listened to Nat Edderley's trumpet rendition of "I Married an Angel," I saw myself dancing with my angel.

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gerald 9 years 33 weeks ago
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February 5, 2011

IT’S ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTING. OUR SINFUL NATION IS FINISHED. HOT OFF THE PRESS! CATASTROPHE HITS AMERICA IN 2015! CURRENTLY, 13% OF THE FAMILY INCOME IS SPENT ON FOOD BUT WITH FOOD INFLATION THAT PERCENTAGE WILL RISE TO 40%. CHINA WILL PULL THE PLUG ON BAILING OUT AMERICANS. HER CURRENCY WILL GO THROUGH THE ROOF AND THE AMERICAN DOLLAR PLUMMETS TO ZERO. CHINA WILL BUY UP AMERICAN BUSINESS FOR PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR. CHINA WILL BE THE AMERICAN EMPLOYERS. PERSONALLY, THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN BECAUSE IN THE BOOK, “SEEDS OF FIRE” AMERICA WILL COMMENCE A NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST AGAINST CHINA. THE AMERICAN LUST FOR HUMAN BLOOD WILL NEVER END.

REPUBLICANS SEEK TO REPEAL THE AMERICAN VOTER RIGHTS LAW OF 1965. OUR FASCIST-NAZI GOVERNMENT WILL WORK TO HAVE OUR COUNTRY A ONE PARTY NATION.

IT TRULY IS ALL OVER FOR OUR SINFUL NATION!!!

Republicans ruthlessly reshaped America to hold onto power - can Dems do the same thing to save it?

Thom plus logo In the power grab to fill the Supreme Court seat announced the same evening as the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mitch McConnell didn't do anything new. The GOP has a long history of playing hardball power politics.
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