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Subject: Re: Zoos, your thoughts?

Forum: Zoos, your thoughts?
I really enjoy going to the St Paul Como Zoo. Why? Because it is free, though they do have a collection box asking for donations at the entrances.

As for zoos being glorified cages? Well, that does seem a bit harsh, although I do recognize that there are bad zoos out there. But for many species (no, not all) it is perfectly possible to keep them in a zoo or wildlife park and for them to have a quality of life as high or higher than in the wild. Their movement might be restricted, though not necessarily by that much. But, then again, these animals will not suffer from the threat or stress of predators, or the irritation and pain of parasites. All their injuries and illnesses will be treated, and they won’t suffer or die of drought or starvation.

Zoos also act as conservators. It’s not an exaggeration to say that colossal numbers of species are going extinct across the world, and many more are increasingly threatened and risk extinction. Moreover, some of these collapses have been sudden, dramatic and unexpected or were simply discovered very late. Zoos protect against a species going extinct. A species protected in captivity provides a reservoir population against a population crash or extinction in the wild.

Just food for thought.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/lost-worlds/2014/aug/19/why-zoos-are-good

"Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild." -Jack Hanna

Subject: Re: voting for someone, does it help YOU?

Forum: voting for someone, does it help YOU?
Hi, Kasey. I'm glad you posted this forum. I've been feeling the same way. It has been especially maddening to start a week rated in the top ten, and ending up at number 20 at the end, especially with the amount of effort I typically put in.

Like others here, I honestly try to give out my votes to those who have not only answered the questions, but have given reasons as to why they feel the way they do. The post has to make me think and/or engage me in some way, and doesn't have to reflect my personal views. One liners - unless they are extremely funny - don't work for me.

I do make an effort to look for noobs and give them a thumbs up if they've created a good forum, or have responded well. It takes time to develop a voice here, after all. But, like others have said, there are certain people I tend to vote for pretty consistently because of the quality of their work.

I don't know. Spring break is coming up. Maybe it's time for me to walk away from CNet for a bit, and reconsider whether all this effort is really worth it. If I calculate it all out, I've only brought in roughly $45 a week for 14-15 hours worth of work each week. And that amount is dropping. I could make more with a part-time job. But I would miss the socializing on this site.

Subject: Re: 5$

Forum: 5$
Hey, Macklemore! Can we go thrift shopping?

**starts humming**

I'm gonna pop some tags
Only got {5} dollars in my pocket
I - I - I'm hunting, looking for a come-up
This is {gonna be} awesome


Except, I'd never pop the tags, of course.

Subject: Re: My 4th Grade Teacher is a Pervert ?!?!

Forum: My 4th Grade Teacher is a Pervert ?!?!
Thanks for responding, Pike. Your comments touch on the core of something I just don't get.

You see, it seems like most adults are wired to protect kids. A child screams, and every adult in earshot will look up and around to make sure the kid's okay. Heck, musk ox, dolphins, and elephants will even circle around the young in their herds/pods if they feel they are threatened.

So what's wrong with these individuals that molest kids? It's it mental? Is it a chemical imbalance? Are they a product of their environment? All of the above?

And, most importantly... can the ever truly be rehabilitated?

Subject: Athletes and P.E.D.s Can/Should it Be Stopped?

Forum: Athletes and P.E.D.s Can/Should it Be Stopped?
So, with Maria Sharapova joining the Lance Armstrong Hall of Infamy, the question needs to be asked - can anything really be done to keep professional athletes from taking Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)?

Take a look at what Sharapova gave as a reason for taking the drug, meldonium, a Latvian-manufactured drug popular for fighting heart disease in former Soviet Union countries. Meldonium treats ischemia, or lack of blood flow, but can be taken in large doses as a performance-enhancer, BTW.

Sharapova said she began taking meldonium for "several health issues I had back in 2006," including a magnesium deficiency, regular influenza, "irregular" heart test results and early indications of diabetes, of which she has a family history.

Now, wait a minute. She's been taking this drug for 10 years? Even though it was on the WADA watch list prior to it's being banned? And, remember, Sharapova lives in the US (though she is not a US citizen), where meldonium isn't even available. She was importing it illegally??

This is where you begin to wonder - can athletes ever really be prevented from taking PEDs? It's not the "whys" that are in question. Heck, Sharapova lost her Nike sponsorship for her screw-up, which was valued at $70m. It's the "can it be prevented" issue I wonder about.

I mean, though they condemn the use of drugs, international athletic associations and their corporate sponsors, covertly encourage drug use by demanding higher standards of achievement from athletes in order to reach fans and gain profit. And, when you think about it, for every drug that gets detected and banned, another one takes it place, often from drugs originally designed for use in animals.

So, what do you think? Can PED use by athletes ever be stopped? If not should drug testing continue? Or should the effort to reign in athletes from PED be dropped, allowing them to take whatever "cocktails" they desire?

An interesting article in case you'd like to read more:

http://mmajunkie.com/2014/02/why-we-really-ban-peds-and-why-its-still-a-battle-worth-fighting

I'll be interested in seeing your responses.

Subject: Re: Trapped in TV!

Forum: Trapped in TV!
Hi, Punsika: Are you referring to this question, perhaps?

"If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a week, which show would it be?"

If that's the case, I'd say ... well, I can't really answer. The one show I really watch is The Walking Dead, and I don't think I'd like to live that life. Though I would love to walk on as one of the zombies in an episode.

If I could, rather, choose a movie, it would be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. As a wizard in Gryffindor, of course.

Subject: Re: Apple, the FBI, and Your Privacy

Forum: Apple, the FBI, and Your Privacy
I think the whole thing is a lot of crock. That Apple is taking the stance it is taking simply to build brand loyalty and for publicity.

I mean, think about it. Do you know how much digital exhaust Apple collects on people who use their products? How they sell that information, and use it to tailor ads and other marketing to consumers? They aren't interested in our privacy. They just want all that money-making information for themselves.

And, when you think about that this whole things is based on the assumption that Apple's encryption hasn't been already hacked by somebody somewhere? Seriously? The CIA and the Pentagon can't prevent from being hacked. I think Tim Cook is going to regret taking the stance he's chosen simply because it's like throwing down the gauntlet to hackers all over the world. "Nobody can break our encryption." We'll see if a "ha, ha" response from those evil geniuses doesn't materialize in the next few months. And whether or not Apple should have just quietly decided to help the FBI, rather than stand up and trumpet their "merits" to the world.

Subject: Re: Should marijuana be legalized?

Forum: Should marijuana be legalized?
So, I decided to visit the Mayo clinic site to see what it had about Marijuana.

You know all those positive effects, and good things medical marijuana is supposed to do for you? Turns out that, for every single one, "further studies are still needed." No, really. Here's the link:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/marijuana/evidence/hrb-20059701

And when it comes to side effects? Here are some of the scarier things listed:

Avoid using marijuana in women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant. Research strongly suggests that marijuana may have serious risks for the child, including abnormalities, cancer, development problems, increased leukemia risk, low birthweight, and reduced attention skills. Cannabis may affect the mother's judgment and ability to care for the child, and it should not be smoked around infants or children. Cannabis may be passed to babies through breast milk.

Marijuana may also cause blood rush or dizziness when standing, a burning sensation, cannabis arteritis (reduced blood flow to feet and legs), changes in brain structure, changes in chromosomes, changes in erectile function, changes in quality of life, confusion, detachment from surroundings, difficulty concentrating, dysphoria (feeling unhappy or unwell), euphoria (feeling of happiness or well-being), forgetfulness, hoarseness, increased risk of male cancers, liver problems (damage, disorders, or poisoning), panic, paranoid thinking, problems with bowel movements, psychiatric problems, reduced saliva, reduced sperm production, risky behaviors (unprotected sex), sudden stomach upset, sweating, thirst, throat irritation, urinary tract infection, and weight gain.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/marijuana/safety/hrb-20059701

Believe me, there is a lot more on that web page.

Is it any worse than alcohol or cigarettes, though? Well, maybe not. But, if you are going down that slippery route to legalization, you best treat it just like alcohol or cigarettes. Meaning you have to have the same ad campaigns that tell how bad it is for you health-wise, and how wrong it is to drive while you are high, and to set age limits as to who can have access to it. That includes some sort of test that tells when people are too high to drive.

And people need to understand - we don't really know the long term effects of marijuana. If you like to take that kind of chance with your health, then be my guest.

Subject: Re: Apartments can't live with the rent

Forum: Apartments can't live with the rent
There really isn't much to add to all the good advice already posted. But, there is another avenue that no one else as yet has explored.

Are your parents in a house? Is it possible that some part of the house - a basement, maybe - can be converted to a studio apartment-like spot for you?

This would depend on a number of things. How handy are your folks, or relatives, or friends? How is the layout of the house? Would your folks be agreeable to making such a renovation? I mean, they could even rent the space out, if it is done right, once you are really out on your own.

And how much labor, money, and effort are you willing to pitch in to make it happen?

More and more people are opting for doing something like this due to the high cost of college. Again, I don't know your full situation. But isn't it at least something to consider?

Hang in there.

Subject: My 4th Grade Teacher is a Pervert ?!?!

Forum: My 4th Grade Teacher is a Pervert ?!?!
I am still in shock.

Some of my school friends posted the article up in FB. That's how I heard about it. A teacher, in my elementary school, suspended on molestation accusations. And when I clicked through to it... there was my old 4th grade teacher staring back at me.

To be honest, I don't really recall all that much about the guy. I do know that my Mom did not like him at all. She called him lazy, and burnt out, and said he really needed to find a different vocation.

The allegations were made by a girl in his class. She said that this man "would touch her, once under her shorts and underwear, as she stood by his desk to get help on math and science problems." In otherwords, he made her stand behind his desk and felt her out. Right in front of class.

Granted, the investigation is still ongoing. But I feel like a part of my childhood has been tainted. And, I have to wonder - was he doing this to other girls when I was in his class, almost 9 years ago now?

I guess we'll know if other girls - and now young women - come forward as well.

So, how about you? Has anything like this every occurred to you? Why do think people sexually abuse children? Are they just wired differently? Is it even something that can be cured?

“Life is nothing but surprises. Even our tragedies turn out different than we expect.”
― Marty Rubin

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