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Date: 2014-07-27 20:20:52 GMT

Comment left by: Mark on Same story in Gaza, just different year

The analogy of course is imperfect, but in many ways Palestinian citizens of Israel are second class citizens of Israel, and might as well have a star on their chests. As for Palestinians on the West Bank, they are clearly under an illegal occupation and Israel’s policy is to keep the occupation going indefinitely while expanding Israel’s de-facto borders by building Jewish only housing.

Date: 2014-07-27 19:12:53 GMT

Comment left by: Graeme Sutton on Same story in Gaza, just different year

If the Israelis were anything like the Nazis they would have gone house to house shooting everyone in the Gaza strip decades ago, or maybe simply cut off all food and watched everyone there starve to death in a few weeks.

Date: 2014-07-26 23:53:31 GMT

Comment left by: devorahwright on It’s better outside

“Life lived mostly outdoors can be a connected life: with nature, with neighbors, with children, with gardens, and with life. Perhaps we live so much of our lives indoors at our own peril, tuning out the world and seeing life through a filtered prison.”

Not only in this place, the world is now boxed on technology, that outdoor activities became a less considered option.

Date: 2014-07-25 15:26:30 GMT

Comment left by: John on Facebook’s appallingly bad user interface

Amazing how long this thread – and other like it – have been going. Absolute proof, if it were needed, that Facebook’s “reason for being” is nothing to do with social media and everything to do with harvesting your data.

I’ve resisted FB for as long as I can but too many other organisations are making it necessary to login via FB or leave feedback via FB.

I can’t add to the comments made here except it’s pretty obvious which Google term brought me here. The bad news is, it’s built on crap foundations so any “improvements” can only make it worse.

Date: 2014-07-21 16:18:46 GMT

Comment left by: Peter Hargraves on Facebook’s appallingly bad user interface

Amen to your blog post and all the comments! What a piece of crap the Facebook UI is!

Date: 2014-07-02 14:11:49 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger Haycox on When did conservatism become so radical?

I think one of the unanswered questions here would be,’would the same decision have been made if Hobby Lobby was owned by a dedicated Muslim family instead of the Christian family it is owned by?
Changes color pretty fast then, doesn’t it? Religious freedom my ass!

Date: 2014-06-24 14:23:43 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger Haycox on Review: 12 Years a Slave

Not surprisingly, I felt almost the same way with this film. I hadn’t read the book, nor have I to date, but after seeing the movie, I struck it off my list of books to pick up.
I found, as is so often anymore with movies coming out of Hollywood, the violence was gratuitous…almost looking for ways of adding more. Again, if it’s faithful to the book then perhaps I’m wrong, but it’s as if we’re striving to turn inhumanity into entertainment more & more. At any rate I was excited to see this after hearing it had won best movie, & wondered why after getting the opportunity to see it.

Date: 2014-06-17 12:00:56 GMT

Comment left by: knight4444 on Psychiatrists agree: Republicans are insane

ROTFLMAO, it’s kinda funny reading post from 2010, especially coming from republicans talking about Obama being a one term president! mitch mcconnell and jim demint swore to jesus that Obama would be a one term president, since then 2014 style?? jim demint QUIT being a senator to work for right wing CRAZY house heritage foundation!! mitch mcconnell is fighting for his political life against a virtual unknown named MISS GRIMES!! and the second most powerful GOP/tea party guy eric cantor just got beat by a koch brother puppet, MR brat, a supposedly college professor who doesn’t even know basic economic and economic history!! The GOP is nothing but a WHITE NATIONALIST party that’s heads are exploding that a non caucasian male is president!

Date: 2014-06-14 18:26:33 GMT

Comment left by: Cecilia on Putting yourself in a woman’s shoes

I remember Mom crying every time she had another baby girl. When I asked why she simply said: ‘it’s because life is so much harder for women’.

Date: 2014-06-11 03:35:34 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger Haycox on Putting yourself in a woman’s shoes

Excellent!! If you weren’t already married I’d marry you! You get it.
There is one other thing to add to that list of things women shouldn’t do – do not put on even a pound! If you’re running for office or working in the front office area of a business, you’d better have the body of Venus or you’ll be ridiculed right out the door. That is what happened to my mother when medication she was on caused her to gain weight.

Date: 2014-05-14 17:39:10 GMT

Comment left by: Mark on Sometimes you have to be your own doctor

What I use at work was procured through this company:

Date: 2014-05-14 14:49:23 GMT

Comment left by: Becky Tate on Sometimes you have to be your own doctor

What kind of ergonomic chair do you use?

Date: 2014-05-04 07:44:21 GMT

Comment left by: Tony on Facebook’s appallingly bad user interface

Right on. Absolutely. It is the worst user interface ever! It should be used as an example to future programers to show them how not to design or build a UI

Date: 2014-04-09 14:10:03 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger Haycox on The real value of streaming music

I found this really interesting for a number of reasons but primarily your remark about people tending to stick to what they know rather than venturing into that scary world of unknown music. My husband is the former, I am the latter. And I’m very happy that I am because by finding new music for him to listen to I can draw him out of his rut many times too. There is a book about just this topic…how we tend to stay with what we fell in love with instead of testing new things. It’s called This Is Your Brain on Music written by Daniel Levitin. It can get a little wordy but if you haven’t read it yet you might enjoy it.

Date: 2014-04-07 14:29:41 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger Haycox on Review: Noah

Bless you my son… =}
>>if you like mindless entertainment with lots of gaping plot holes…<<

Isn't that what the bible is tho'? If this movie had been made *not* based of the 'holy book', the critics would rip it apart for being implausible, unbelievable & just silly…right? But because it's “the bibles story” no one will risk that lightning bolt from heaven. I commend you on both your intellect & your bravery.

Date: 2014-03-01 03:03:06 GMT

Comment left by: Leandro on If Aubrey fought Hornblower, who would win?

Jack in a real human being. Hornblower is just a robot playing a part. Everything Jack does in his job seams so natural, he has all the unwritten navy rules in his nature. He doesnt even do the maths, but reaches accurate goals by instict. He loves his job, his men, his ships. He enjoys life and makes us enjoy with him as readers.
I never seen that in Horatio.

Date: 2014-02-26 16:51:39 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger on Going to the dogs

Okay, ya lost me on the ‘cat’s are Republicans’ line. I have six cats & they are most definitely ‘Independents’ who work hard for the common good. Two of my six deeply sense when something’s wrong in the house or with an individual in the house & will lick faces & cry around your feet until things are better. If I’m sick, my orange Tabby Darius will station himself near or on my chest & won’t leave even to eat.
Dogs are loyal. Dogs are eager to please…they may even be Republicans, willing to ‘fake it’ to please the base. ;}
All this is in fun of course. We both know dogs & cats are both too smart to link themselves to any political party.

Date: 2014-01-20 16:50:20 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger Haycox on Cruising for a difference

Oh I am definitely going to be following this one! My husband keeps ‘suggesting’ we go on a cruise & for a number of reasons I have no interest. I don’t drink…other than socially at weddings etc.
I eat to live, not live to eat & was told cruises are all about gorging, & I’m not really a beach person, so why would I find myself on a big boat sailing to them, unless it was something different? He has suggested the Disney lines which friends who’ve been say are really wonderful but I’m still hesitant because it might entail spending hours with excited/tired children.

Date: 2013-12-20 13:58:00 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger on All the lonely offices

Well, that was…sad! And while I don’t work for anyone else in an office at home, I think I can still understand exactly what it is you’re saying. Even from a patron/consumer/customer standpoint, it is distressing to walk into any office these days & see just one or two people there instead of the 4-5 there were years ago.

It’s social media too. It’s completely done away with the Town Square…the chess games in the park, the chats at a breakfast diner. People just login at Facebook & talk there. Sort of. I hate that! I mean I’m there, but I hate it. You can hear about someones travails & zip off a fast (((hugs)))… And this replaces a warm, caring embrace? Or a congratulatory shoulder pat when someone has aced a project?
We’re losing a lot! I shouldn’t get started, but recently when my mother passed I inherited some of her personal things. Like envelopes all tied in bundles…love letters, Valentine & birthday cards, not just my Mom’s but those she’d inherited from my Nana… letters from my Grandfather while he was fighting in 2 wars…as well as my mothers courtship letters from my father.
How do we replace any of those with emails & ecards? Do people actually care? I mean anyone besides me? Gawd I hope so!

Thanks for all your wonderful thought provoking articles all year Mark…
p.s. I have six whiny cats…count your blessings! ;}

Date: 2013-12-16 14:03:08 GMT

Comment left by: Ginger on Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I have not seen this movie yet, but I will! I am addicted I suppose…a whore for Peter Jackson’s versions of Tolkiens works. We own all of them & watch them more times than I want to admit to.

I grew up on these stories. They were my favorites & I dog eared these books with re-reading them eight & ten times I admit, they still are among my most favorite books.

The thing that mystifies me about these books is their classification as ‘children’s books’. If they refer to an 18-20 year old as a child, then yes, I suppose they were. But imo, I think these books fell to the era. Anything that was of a fantasy genre automatically fell to the assumption that they had to be children’s stories. Yet I believe that like Lewis Carroll, Tolkien was definitely written & directed at an adult audience. The book The Hobbit deals with the effects of greed & the temptations to abuse power. It undertakes a very nuanced psychological study of Bilbo’s character, which is very complex & develops in some quite unexpected directions. It even considers some very difficult philosophical ideas, such as the relationship between fate & free will, hard enough for some adults to grapple with, never mind children. Plus, unlike Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with some superficial delights for children, Tolkien doesn’t really ‘talk down’ in any way to make the story an easy read for youngsters. Unless of course they were way smarter than I was an an 8 yr old.

Back to the movies…they take way too much license, I grant you that & there’s way more gore than I can handle at times. But to see the book(s) on the big screen for me is just wonderful, even tho’ there are flaws. It could be worse. Do you remember Ralph Bakshi’s endeavor? ‘Nuff said!

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