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Re: “Do fire departments actually rescue cats from trees?

If you had taken the time to do ACTUAL research such as calling a fire department or two, looking up information about cats, or even going to the cat tree rescue sites online, you would find that A) Some cats do get stuck in trees to the point of starvation and B) The Fire Department is VERY unlikely to help unless you live in a small town where there is nothing else for them to do. The Fire Department would not risk tying up resources that might be needed in a real human emergency, not to mention the expense of running a fire engine to the scene and the fact that cat rescues can be dangerous to the rescuer. The correct thing to do would be to call a place that offers cat rescue such as many tree services.

Posted by N Butcher on 12/04/2015 at 9:39 PM
Posted by Seth Seth on 09/24/2015 at 4:59 AM

Re: “Does the Myers-Briggs personality assessment really tell you anything?

Carl Jung was the first psychologist to suggest a difference between introversion and extroversion. He also acknowledged that most people are a mix of both. The importance of the MBTI is its ability to simplify something as complex as personality into an organized system of four introverted and extroverted traits, for a total of 16 different types. Again, you can be so far off the scale of any end of these traits that you would certainly wind up in a mental hospital, but the classification is still very useful as a starting point. Nobody has developed a more useful personality test than the MBTI, and basing it off of the research of one of the greatest psychologists who ever existed was not bad.

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Posted by Michael Fahel on 02/06/2015 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Will Coke and asparagus cure kidney stones?

i am Andrew macott by name, i want to tell the whole world how i got my hiv cured, i live in Manchester united kingdom, presently i am working as a teacher in an high school, i was once a stripper in a club and i got affected with HIV due to the nature of my job, in February 2nd 2009, This is not design to convince you but its just a personal health experience.I never taught dr.okorom could ever get my HIV-AIDS cured with his healing herb spell, i have been spending so much buying my drugs for the past three years now and taking several medication but no relieve, until one day i was just browsing on the internet when i came across a great post of MARIAN, who explained to me how a great dr called PAPA okorom helped her, by curing her from HIV, i thought as much and i quicklly contacted him, and he gave to me the assurance that he is going to help me with his herbs, he told me to buy the herbs which he will use for the preparation of my medicine which i did, he prepared the medicine and told me how i am going to take them which i did, just three days later i went to the hospital to give the final test and the doctor confirm that i am now negative, i am so happy that GOD sent DR.okorom to help me out of my problems, if you are out there passing through this kind of problem, you can also contact him on his email, dr.okoromspellhome@live.com. , and i pray that he will help you also.
All thanks to DR.okorom,

Posted by Andrew Macott on 12/22/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Who made money during the 1929 stock market crash?

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Posted by nidhi on 11/20/2014 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Can air injected into the bloodstream really kill you?

I had a friend who was a junkie and when I asked if he had to be careful when he was hitting up not to inject air, he said it was more important to "get it all." He wanted me to shoot up too, but I passed.

Posted by John W Shreve on 02/18/2014 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Are transsexuals mentally ill?

I find it interesting that several of those who responded to this journalist revelation have no transgender friends or association with transgender persons. To be socially ostracized is alarming for anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, religion or anything else that ignorance has chosen to label one with. Statistics are numbers that apply to those who are looking for numbers. Beyond that are real human lives that have journeyed in their own shoes with the cards that have been dealt. There have and always will be different personalities that can deal, while others look for crutches to mask their pain. Until we learn to show respect and empathy to those who are struggling to find their place in society, they will continue to look for their happiness until the day they are no longer a part of this World. The Napoleon comment was way unnecessary and frankly very disrespectful to those of us who are far from mentally ill or confused about who we are. The previous responder had many good things to say, which are more of the reality of what we "Transgender" folk go through. I knew from the earliest age of understanding that something wasn't right with my physical...not mental...being. By the time I left for college, I finally had an epiphany that my physical sexual organ could be corrected to align my body with my mental state. I have a sibling that was born with a cleft lip and pallet and went through countless surgeries through the years to make her like everyone else. My gender reassignment was no different than this. Transsexuals are required to have psychological evaluations and to live in their new physical gender for a period of time to make certain that they are truly candidates for the SRS surgery. There are successful outcomes and there are also those who are not successful. The success is greatly accomplished from acceptance of themselves and others. I was 24 when I had my final SRS surgery. I had been shunned by my family and completely on my own. I knew then that my contentment in life was in my hands. A few years later, my family came to understand and recognize that I was still the same warm, loving, funny, and beautiful soul that they always knew. I am now 55 and have never regretted my decision for a minute. I will not lie and say that things were always perfect, for I had to deal with the occasional stupidity of man kind which is way more of a mental disorder than I have ever had. The thing that I find most interesting is that this forum is in "Creative Loafing" which is supposedly a very liberal and unbiased paper for all of God's Creatures. Those who claim to be liberal are the first to point fingers and are accepting of only the things that work for them. If there was ever a discriminated group of persons, then it is the Transgendered. I challenge all who may read this to really come to know someone who is Transsexual. You may be pleasantly surprised and nurtured from what they have to offer from their personal trials and tribulations.

Posted by Shannon Lummert-Helmer on 11/25/2013 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Are transsexuals mentally ill?

Maybe to clarify things, there should be a differentiation between "unhappiness" and "pain". It makes sense to me that in all cases where humans suffer pain long-term they will likely be unhappy. It also seems instinct from the day we are born we cry out if we feel discomfort. As a baby, this is the closest behavior that represents human nature that we will ever see before we are socialized to get our needs met through socially acceptable means. It's well known that there are 2 main reasons people seem to do something: 1) Pleasure- seeking 2) Pain Avoidance...which by the way differentiates the crossdresser/ transvestite that receive pleasure (excluding guilt) from engaging in things that are considered stereotypically opposite to their assigned gender (on the outside appearance). For a transsexual it seems like a painful experience and they become unhappy with their external organs and attempt to alleviate that by taking hormones and undergoing the necessary surgury.
Its seems to me it would be much like having a 3rd partial arm that is unuseful and physically unpleasing to them and others (not to mention they are laughed at, spitted on, discriminated against, abandoned by family and in some cases murdered;that is of course they don't suicide themselves first). Many people that are transsexual hate themselves for being who they feel they are (refer to internalized transphobia). Here is some questions i invite anyone to ask themselves...Why do they hate themselves? Did they hate themselves at 5 years old when many had their first memories of who they felt they were? If not, At what point did transsexuals start hating themselves? when did it become a disorder? How can a person really have an identity a disorder, when identity is who you feel you are in the first place? If a women is in a stereotypically male occupation such as engineering does she have and occupational identity disorder? Why is there differences in autopsies of transsexual's brains (wiki brain BSTc for more)? How can thalidomide (chemicals) during fetal development cause birth incongruency with natural DNA, but excessive stress hormones (chemicals) couldn't)? Would society ever tolerate the level of discrimination transsexuals experience with any other birth defect like autism, downs syndrome, or children of thalidomide? If in fact people who are transsexual are not born that way and get surgeries for cosmetic reasons... how is that different with people getting plastic surgeries and the ever popular hair transplant....not to mention any modification that could be made by dieting or working out a gym with weights and taking supplements. Should these people be labeled as mentally ill? Arn't they unhappy with something about themselves too? Are they just trying to be happy too? Should people who modify their body like Arnold Swartznegger get checked for narcissism and histrionic personality disorder before determing wheter he could have made steps to hyper-masculinate his body? Why does every genetic trait besides gender have a variation (hair, skin, eyes, face shape, height, predispositions)? I'm wondering if we should take it easy on transsexual's as they are just trying to accomplish the same goals as you an I, to be loved and accepted as well as to secure food, clothing, and love in the pursuit of health, happiness, and prosperity. In my opinion we have much larger things to be concerned about like genocide and poverty to be concerned about how others feel comortable living their lives. My final thought is a quote: "it's no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society." ~Krishnamurti

Posted by Food_For_Thought on 11/25/2013 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Are transsexuals mentally ill?

Maybe to clarify things, maybe there should be a differentiation between "unhappiness" and "pain". It makes sense to me that in all cases where humans suffer pain long-term they will likely be unhappy. It also seems instinct from the day we are born we cry out if we feel discomfort. As a baby, this is the closest behavior that represents human nature that we will ever see before we are socialized to get our needs met through socially acceptable means. It's well known that there are 2 main reasons people seem to do something: 1) Pleasure- seeking 2) Pain Avoidance...which by the way differentiates the crossdresser/ transvestite that receive pleasure (excluding guilt) from engaging in things that are considered stereotypically opposite to their assigned gender (on the outside appearance). For a transsexual it seems like a painful experience and they become unhappy with their external organs and attempt to alleviate that by taking hormones and undergoing the necessary surgury.
Its seems to me it would be much like having a 3rd partial arm that is unuseful and physically unpleasing to them and others (not to mention they are laughed at, spitted on, discriminated against, abandoned by family and in some cases murdered;that is of course they don't suicide themselves first). Many people that are transsexual hate themselves for being who they feel they are (refer to internalized transphobia). Here is some questions i invite anyone to ask themselves...Why do they hate themselves? Did they hate themselves at 5 years old when many had their first memories of who they felt they were? If not, At what point did transsexuals start hating themselves? when did it become a disorder? How can a person really have an identity a disorder, when identity is who you feel you are in the first place? If a women is in a stereotypically male occupation such as engineering does she have and occupational identity disorder? Why is there differences in autopsies of transsexual's brains (wiki brain BSTc for more)? How can thalidomide (chemicals) during fetal development cause birth incongruency with natural DNA, but excessive stress hormones (chemicals) couldn't)? Would society ever tolerate the level of discrimination transsexuals experience with any other birth defect like autism, downs syndrome, or children of thalidomide? If in fact people who are transsexual are not born that way and get surgeries for cosmetic reasons... how is that different with people getting plastic surgeries and the ever popular hair transplant....not to mention any modification that could be made by dieting or working out a gym with weights and taking supplements. Should these people be labeled as mentally ill? Arn't they unhappy with something about themselves too? Are they just trying to be happy too? Should people who modify their body like Arnold Swartznegger get checked for narcissism and histrionic personality disorder before determing wheter he could have made steps to hyper-masculinate his body? Why does every genetic trait besides gender have a variation (hair, skin, eyes, face shape, height, predispositions)? I'm wondering if we should take it easy on transsexual's as they are just trying to accomplish the same goals as you an I, to be loved and accepted as well as to secure food, clothing, and love in the pursuit of health, happiness, and prosperity. In my opinion we have much larger things to be concerned about like genocide and poverty to be concerned about how others feel comortable living their lives. My final thought is a quote: "it's no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society." ~Krishnamurti

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Posted by Food_For_Thought on 11/25/2013 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Can I avoid paying a tax bill by writing 'accepted for value' on it?

What on Earth is a 'citizen', let alone a 'Sovereign citizen'?


A Sovereign is a feudal position. A Citizen, is.... well..... actually I dont know. It probably is some sort of label that is associated with the 'Society' fiction.

Humans are almst always slaves - its just the way that the State (feudalism) has to function.

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Posted by Koddswallopp on 05/18/2013 at 5:56 PM

Re: “How sharp are katanas?

Richtig was a prick for doing that.

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Posted by Jesse James Giswold on 02/22/2013 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Is marijuana stronger than it used to be?

Potency is a red herring. Average use today may be of marijuana that is about 2 to 3 times as potent as decades ago but users simply use less to get the same effect with less smoke. Even 30 years ago, much more potent strains than are normally used today were available, but were seldom used. As with alcohol and tobacco, users generally prefer milder versions.

http://bigbudsmag.com/grow/article/marijua…

Posted by Lousie Thomas on 02/04/2013 at 4:36 AM

Re: “Were Christians really thrown to the lions?

The owls are not what they seem.

Posted by oydave on 12/03/2012 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Were Christians really thrown to the lions?

NO!
"Christians" is the modern sense, most definately did NOT get thrown to lions in Rome!
THEY DID NOT EXIST IN ANCIENT ROME!
Monotheistic sun worship was popular in Rome and these monotheistic eastern sun worshippers are what get called "christians" in ancient Rome,they have in fact NO CONNECTION WITH MESSIANIC JUDAISM ,which is the belief system we call christianity today
http://cuthulan.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/t…
Constantine the Great was a monotheistic sun worshiper,there is NO evidence that his mother was a "christian".In 321, Constantine instructed that "Christians"(sun worshipping monotheists) and non-Christians(Rome pagan gods) should be united in observing the venerable day of the sun, referencing the esoteric eastern sun-worship which Aurelian had helped introduce. Furthermore, and long after his oft alleged "conversion" to Christianity, Constantine's coinage continued to carry the symbols of the sun, even after the pagan gods had disappeared from the coinage. Even when Constantine dedicated the new capital of Constantinople, which became the seat of Byzantine Christianity for a millennium, he did so wearing the Apollonian sun-rayed Diadem; no Christian symbols were present at this dedication.The Council of Niceae was NOT to form a christian creed BUT to form a Roman State Religion and many gods where debated, Mithras and Asian zoraostrainism where the main influences .This is a documented fact and is proven by the coins that where minted after 325AD baring Constantine on one side and Sol Invictus on the other.
EXAMPLE
QUOTE
"Tertullian doesn't claim he witnessed any martyrdoms-by-lion personally, and anyway he was a Christian himself."

Tertullian was an Asian zoroastrian influenced monotheist not a "christian"
Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, anglicised as Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 225 AD)
He is the first Christian author to produce an extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature.
He wrote his trinitarian formula after becoming a Montanist. Montanism originated in Phrygia, a province of Asia Minor, and flourished throughout the region, leading to the movement being referred to elsewhere as Cataphrygian (meaning it was "from Phrygia") or simply as "Phrygians". It spread rapidly to other regions in the Roman Empire at a time before Christianity was generally tolerated or legal. However, unlike many Church fathers, he was never canonized by the Catholic Church, as several of his later teachings directly contradicted the actions and teachings of the apostles.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tertullian

Actually ALL Abrahamic monotheism is just origianl fascism.
Invented by men with greed in thier hearts and swords in their hands,
Cyrus the Great for judaism ,
http://cuthulan.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/t…
Constantine the Great for christianity
http://cuthulan.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/t…
and Othman the 3rd Caliph for islam.
http://cuthulan.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/t…

Posted by Cuthulan on 12/03/2012 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Did the Middle Ages not really happen?

No, Dave's not here.

Posted by oddball on 09/21/2012 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Does castration = longer life?

@zelot: How, precisely, am I irresponsible? All of my pets are spayed or neutered, and I've never had one get hit by a car.

I've worked at an animal shelter and rescued more dogs and cats than you ever will; the people who claim they're going to make sure their non-neutered/non-spayed animal won't get loose are always the ones who show up at shelters with litters of puppies or kittens that they hadn't planned on.

Just do us all a favor and don't have another pet.

Posted by J to the G on 09/06/2012 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Does castration = longer life?

J to the G: you are an the idiot, because you think that everyone is irresponsible as you are.

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Posted by zelot on 09/02/2012 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Does castration = longer life?

@zelot: You're an idiot - just remember that when you're begging animal shelters to take the puppies you didn't want to have and have no means/intention of taking care of. Also, if you want your dog to live longer, don't let it run around outside unrestrained.

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Posted by J to the G on 08/31/2012 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Does castration = longer life?

I decide not to have my new female dog fixed, because I had my old female dog (which was kill by a car) fixed and at that time I said to myself; I would never put another female dog through that pain, I will go through the pain of taking care of things two months out of the year.

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Posted by zelot on 08/31/2012 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Are transsexuals mentally ill?

"Categorization of persons is part of our evolution."

yes, but i was talking about the accuracy of such categorizations. i wasn't describing their origin or purpose. human beings naturally organize information into a mental framework but that doesn't mean the categorizations are accurate. we think tall people are capable and that tomatoes are vegetables

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Posted by eric pfeifer on 08/20/2012 at 12:13 PM

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