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    • Xeolyte

      All you have to do is remember that about 12-15 years Global Warming became Climate Change when record low temperatures were happening all over the globe .. and places that hadn’t seen snow in almost a hundred years were suddenly getting snowed on. The Chicken Little Brigade suddenly realized the sky was falling and their credibility was being challenged. In my opinion, I think Chief Chicken Gore realized that petroleum based products was on the decline and needed something new to fleece the American/Global public. Behold! Carbon Tax!!!!

    • Xeolyte

      And here we go AGAIN! I have never said they were more vicious, prone to attack or aggressive than other dogs. Never.  YOU KEEP MISSING THE POINT! The point is the kind of damage inflicted by Pit Bulls compared to other breeds and classes of dogs is far more catastrophic!  The reason is because of the way they attack. Unlike other breeds they rarely give warning bites, have a much more muscular and robust jaw strength and their bite style is to grab on, shake and not let go which causes severe muscle and tissue damage. Combine that with a very high tolerance for pain (gameness) it’s easy to see why they consistently do more damage than any other breed of dog. Again, their style of attack has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with how they were raised or if they are neutered.

    • Xeolyte

      I have owned 6 dogs, 2 Border Collies, 1 Cocker Spaniel, 2 Dalmations and 1 Staffordshire Terrier X German Shepherd mix. I also helped my neighbor train her purebred American Pit Bull from a pup. I know the nature of the Pit Bull class of dogs and they really are very sweet dogs. But again, the whole point is, the nature of these dogs when in attack mode is what makes them so dangerous and I’m totally stymied why Pit owners will not acknowledge or admit that these dogs do horrific harm when they attack and keep creating situations where attacks could occur. Again, how the dogs are raised and being neutered have absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the results of Pit Bull Class of dog attack. They are genetically predisposed to doing great harm. If you want to blame someone for their bad reputation, then by all means blame breeders of this class of dog. They are first and foremost responsible for the horrific damage this class of dog inflicts.

    • Xeolyte

      And here we go again … Everyone keeps missing the point! The point is not IF this class of dog will attack it’s what happens WHEN this class of dog attacks! The class of dogs called “Pit Bull” are not the mindless killing machines most people think. The biggest factor in their bad reputation are the ignorant owners who for some reason will not admit or acknowledge the absolute fact that when this type of dog attacks it’s almost always catastrophic. Another factor in their bad reputation are the breeding guidelines of the various Pit Bull Terrier Associations .. more on that later.  There really isn’t a single breed of Pit Bull. Pit Bull is actually a class of dogs which include American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. The vast majority of Pit Bull type dogs will go through their lives without attacking anything. They are sweet, loving dogs that make wonderful pets for responsible people who understand the nature of this class of dog.

      Babies, toddlers, seniors and small animals are the most vulnerable because of their erratic movement and behavior which can trigger the prey instinct in the most docile of any breed or class of dogs.  Nurture, how the dog was raised, has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the RESULTS of the Pit Bull class of dog attack nor does neutering. Again, everyone keeps missing the point. Ignorant owners keep insisting that their dog would never attack any one. The real point is, not if the dog will attack, but what happens WHEN this class of dog attacks! What makes the Pit Bull Class of dog so dangerous is their style of attack, which is to grab on to muscle and shake. They don’t literally “lock” their jaws – that’s a myth, what they do is clamp down hard and will not let go until the victim is dead or unmoving. There is an actual tool called a “break stick” used to pry open their jaws. Once they are in attack mode, about the only thing that will stop a Pit Bull attack is a gun. Fatal attacks by this class of dogs usually but not always involves 2 or more dogs. Pit Bull Terrier Associations and legitimate breeders are also responsible for the horrific damage that this class of dogs can inflict and responsible for the undeniable fact that these types of dogs are used the most in dog fighting. One of the so call virtues deliberately bred into Pit Bulls and prized by dog fighters is “GAMENESS”. Here is a definition of “gameness” accepted by Pit Bull breeders: Gameness in the Pit Bull class of dogs is a canine virtue that is
      most akin to the human virtue of unflagging courage. It is a
      determination to master any situation and never back down out
      of fear. It was developed in pit bulls by many generations of
      selective breeding. It is what allows a pit bull to keep fighting
      non-stop for two or more hours, in spite of broken bones, torn
      muscles, blood loss, dehydration, and exhaustion. But it is also
      valued by Pit owners who would never think of fighting their
      dogs. It is manifested in the can-do attitude of pit bulls toward
      any type of challenge, whether agility competitions, climbing up
      trees, or protecting their family against an armed attacker, etc.  That right there is why most of the time, the only way to stop a Pit Bull attack is a gun. These dogs are STILL being specifically bred to never quit no matter how horrifically the dog is injured. Breeders actually TEST their dogs to see if they are “game” and if they aren’t, they are taken out of the gene pool. Quite frankly they need to breed “gameness” out of these dogs instead of perpetuating it. Owners need to stop being defensive and making excuses and act like responsible people in admitting that their dogs are capable of horrific harm. These dogs need to be handled as if they always will attack and kept away from situations where they may attack, especially in public.  Those insisting that “my dog would never attack someone” are the very last people who should be owning a Pit Bull type dog. They clearly do not understand this class of dog and clearly are incapable of being responsible owners. “Judge the deed not the breed” – that is the same as “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” – it just drives home the obvious ignorance of owners who seem totally blind to the fact that these dogs are capable of horrific harm.

    • Xeolyte

      To force a woman to carry a pregnancy to term against her wishes is slavery pure and simple with the master being the government.




      The Pro-Birth people keep saying that if people would be responsible about sex there wouldn’t be a problem … and they are absolutely right! The problem is, that’s not the real world! People aren’t going to be responsible when it comes to sex and once that child is born, the Pro-Birthers look they other way.




      There is something disturbingly and intrinsically immoral when potential life (which is a parasite) take precedence over an existing life.




      And before the Pro-Birthers start saying that a fetus is not a parasite, here is the medical definition of parasite:




      Parasite: A plant or an animal organism that lives in or on another and takes its nourishment from that other organism.
       

    • Xeolyte

      Not Guilty! I own a dumb phone. Only use it for Craig’s List and when I travel out of town. About the only thing it can do besides be a phone is text and I’ve never done that .. I’m a “text virgin”.




      I’m always laughing my butt off when I see someone walking around, waving their hand and seemingly talking to themselves then you realize the phone is in their ear. Back in the olden days, you’d get locked up in the loony bin for that kind of public behavior.




      At the rate smart phone users are being run over because they are oblivious to everything going on around them, natural selection will get this kind of behavior out of the gene pool.

    • Xeolyte

      Woah! Let’s get something straight here (poorly written article by not giving plant genus and species) .. the picture of the ice cream with the red bits on it and the red tea below is Hibiscus sabdariffa aka Roselle and the flowers are NOT used. There are two other commonly known Hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Tropical Hibiscus and Hibiscus moscheutos, Hardy Hibiscus. The flavor of the H. rosa-sinensis and H. moscheutos is totally different from the H. sabdariffa. The stems and pods are green. The tea made out of the H. sabdariffa uses the dried calyx of the seed pod and again, NOT the flowers. The flavor is very tart and sour and with a little bit of sugar it tastes like a fruity lemonade. The stems and pods are red. The two best cultivars of the H. sabdariffa for tea in my opinion are, Jamaican Tea Hibiscus and Thai Red Hibiscus. The H. sabdariffa also makes an awesome red dye.

    • Xeolyte

      Sexual attraction from an evolutionary point of view is probably the most powerful and important set of genes we possess .. without it life would not continue. It’s becoming more and more obvious that pretty much everything about anything alive is nature and not nurture. Nurture essentially colors but cannot change the nature – nothing more. Sexual attraction is obviously driven by genes and apparently a lot of other genes are involved when the set of sexual attraction genes are expressed, like mannerisms and voice. Like homosexuality, I believe that pedophiles are also born that way as well. I’m not saying that I condone such behavior but if you look at pedophiles from this point of view it’s easy to understand their behavior and perhaps find better ways of dealing with them.

    • Xeolyte

      This is the Red Cross’s MO - collects millions spend thousands and totally lose track of the rest of the money. The Red Cross is a total scam .. They collect millions of dollars and only spend about a quarter of what they collect and the rest goes into their so called “War Fund” of which none of it can be accounted for. They used to throw million dollar Christmas parties as well until they were exposed. As Jen said, donate to the Salvation Army and Buzz Feed, QUIT partnering with the Red Cross .. I warned you after Sandy .. but did you listen? Nooooooooo.

    • Xeolyte

      Here is the absolute, unvarnished truth about the class of dogs called “Pit Bull”.  The biggest factor in their bad reputation are the ignorant owners who for some reason will not admit or acknowledge the absolute fact that when this type of dog attacks it’s almost always catastrophic. Another factor in their bad reputation are the breeding guidelines of the National Pit Bull Terrier Association .. more on that later.  There really isn’t a single breed of Pitt Bull. Pitt Bull is actually a class of dogs which include American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. The vast majority of Pitt Bull type dogs will go through their lives without attacking anything, but babies, toddlers, seniors and small animals are the most vulnerable because of their erratic movement and behavior which can trigger the prey instinct in the most docile of any breed or class of dogs. Nurture, how the dog was raised, has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the RESULTS of the Pit Bull class of dog attack nor does neutering.  Everyone keeps missing the point. Ignorant owners keep insisting that their dog would never attack any one. The real point is, not if the dog will attack, but what happens WHEN this class of dog attacks! What makes the Pitt Bull Class of dog so dangerous is their style of attack, which is to grab on to muscle and shake. They don’t literally “lock” their jaws – that’s a myth, what they do is clamp down hard and will not let go until the victim is dead or unmoving. There is an actual tool called a “break stick” used to pry open their jaws when this occurs. Once they are in attack mode, about the only thing that will stop a Pit Bull attack is a gun. Fatal attacks by this class of dogs usually but not always involves 2 or more dogs. The Pit Bull Terrier Associations and legitimate breeders are also responsible for the horrific damage that this class of dogs can inflict and responsible for the undeniable fact that these types of dogs are used the most in dog fighting. One of the so called virtues deliberately bred into Pit Bulls is “GAMENESS”. Here is a definition of “gameness” accepted by Pit Bull breeders: Gameness in the Pit Bull class of dogs is a canine virtue that is
      most akin to the human virtue of unflagging courage. It is a
      determination to master any situation and never back down out
      of fear. It was developed in pit bulls by many generations of
      selective breeding. It is what allows a pit bull to keep fighting
      non-stop for two or more hours, in spite of broken bones, torn
      muscles, blood loss, dehydration, and exhaustion. But it is also
      valued by Pit owners who would never think of fighting their
      dogs. It is manifested in the can-do attitude of pit bulls toward
      any type of challenge, whether agility competitions, climbing up
      trees, or protecting their family against an armed attacker, etc.
       That right there is why most of the time, the only way to stop a Pit Bull attack is a gun. These dogs are STILL being specifically bred to never quit no matter how horrifically the dog is injured. Breeders actually TEST their dogs to see if they are “game” and if they aren’t, they are taken out of the gene pool. Quite frankly they need to breed “gameness” out of these dogs instead of perpetuating it. Owners need to stop being defensive and making excuses and act like responsible people in admitting that their dogs are capable of horrific harm and handle these dogs as if they will attack and keeping them away from situation where they may attack, especially in public.  Those insisting that “my dog would never attack someone” are the very last people who should be owning a Pitt Bull type dog. They clearly are incapable of understanding this class of dog and clearly incapable of being responsible owners as well. 

    • Xeolyte

      Ok .. let’s put this whole situation in perspective. Your 16 year old brother sneaks out of the house and goes to a party, gets drunk and stumbles out to the side of the road where he’s puking his guts up. Two guys happen to notice him and pick him up bodily and take him into their house where they proceed to have sex with him, take videos of the act and post it on the internet. I’m sure all of you victim blamers agree that this 16 year old slutty kid was asking for it.

    • Xeolyte

      This scares the bajeebers out of me. All you have to do is consider what Monsanto is doing with patented plant genes to see the danger. The sheer fact that the courts sided with Monsanto when some of their GM WIND BORNE pollen ended up fertilizing a farmers crop a few miles down the road causing the farmer to have to pay royalties to Monsanto says it all. Quite frankly I don’t think humans are intelligent enough to messing around with genes in the first place. The moral implications are staggering .. there is even talk about resurrecting a Neanderthal since we now have the Neanderthal genome mapped. The character Ian Malcom said it succinctly in Jurassic Park: John Hammond: … Our scientists have done things which nobody’s ever done before… Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.

    • Xeolyte

      I wrote the following in 2004 - A bit of history and evolution about gaming. The bottom line is this though .. the vast majority of gamers don’t turn into sadistic maniacs but a small percentage does because of violent FPS games. What gaming did for Lanza was allow him to practice his massacre and become numb to the violence. I think it’s still relevant. I saw a BBC article about the dark side of humanity in a virtual environment. I must confess that it amused me. My first (1979) computer was a CP/M based system called an Osborne. It was a dual disk drive with a built in modem and about the size of a sewing machine. Way ahead of its time and very portable. You could drive up to a pay phone, run it off the car battery, slap on an acoustic modem, sign onto Tymnet, and log into the Source (which ultimately turned into Compuserve) and turn into a sadistic monster.
      I was one of the few and far between woman on the early net that played multi-player games (this was before BBS’s became popular). I knew 2 facts about the people I played with by virtue of them just being there. 1. They had money. 2. Were well educated.  Women were treated respectfully and not condescendingly. We comprised about 5 - 10% of the users. Most of the multi-player games were word games. Competition was fierce, gender not an issue. But the competition was an intellectual one. I don’t remember exactly when, but the Source was sold by Readers Digest and became Compuserve. Enter the real time, multi-player, very elaborate and dynamic text driven role playing games. The first two were the Island of Kesmai and Galactic Empire.  I played both. I was the original DameBeryl in Kesmai and Zuleika in Galactic Empire. These were ongoing games, like the Virtual Worlds. I lived DameBeryl for over 8 years. The demographics of players was slightly different. Women comprised about 20% of the users now. Users were still educated, but a lot younger, late teens and early 20’s compared to the late 20’s to early 40’s of the Tymnet days. The majority still had money and manners was essentially the norm in these games, but a very subtle rudeness and mercenary tendencies started to creep in within the next few years. By the early mid 80’s computers were getting cheap and the demographics changed radically. Still educated, but class distinction due to money no longer existed. No longer was altruism an assumed thing. Players (always men) were becoming downright evil. There was stealing, ambushing, bullying, murdering and just plain cheating wherever they went. Virtual life was becoming frightening and very stressful. Mercifully for us old timers, it was less than 20%. By the late 80’s a rudimentary police force and government grew in Kesmai and Galactic Empire in response to these rogues. About 1985 BBS’s were cropping up in every town and local members for the most part knew one another. The demographics included just about anybody, except the abject poor and uneducated. Women comprised about 25 - 30%. Games like Kesmai and GE were being cloned to a bare bones level for the BBS’s. It was then that I began to observe the frighteningly real effect a life without consequences in an anonymous virtual world could have. I played all the games and always helped out the newbies in these games, showing them the ropes and seeing that they had a good start. The young guys (15 - 18) were always polite with good manners to start with. Eager to learn and eager to help. I met most in person at BBS’s gatherings. Once they learned the ropes, 60% would turn into HK’s human killers. The viciousness and rudeness coupled with a severe lack of empathy and remorse was rampant. Because of the anonymity, these kids would do any and everything. The games became worlds where they could act out their darkest fantasies. The truly frightening part was that this behavior was spilling into the real world. These once polite and well mannered children were becoming sadistic monsters in real life. Anonymous gaming was a training field for sociopathic behaviors that would carry into adulthood. I ultimately quit mp gaming in the late 80’s mostly because it became terrifying and no longer fun. By then I was no longer surprised by the criminal tendencies of users and it was escalating out of control, actually turning into the norm rather the exception among young men. What I learned from all of this was a kind of intrinsic understanding of social behavior and the societal restrictions on unacceptable behavior. Once these restrictions were removed in a virtual world and users understood there were no real consequences for actions good or bad, predatory behavior was not far behind. I saw what you are seeing now, decades ago. I find it amusing that it has taken the rest of the world this long to see what was so patently obvious back in the 80’s. DigitalGaia

    • Xeolyte

      Yeah .. all pretty useless. Here is what I do with corks .. I make Antmoats for my humming Bird feeders .. all you need is a aerosol can cap with a moat .. cut cork in half, drill a hole through the middle of cork and cap, run some heavy gauge wire through cork then glue cork inside cap moat and push wire through the cap. Hang feed and put water in the cap. Works beautifully!

    • Xeolyte

      Thanks for the laughs Conservatives. That video was the archetype of the histrionic rhetoric the Conservatives are dishing out now. The really sad thing was that the Conservatives didn’t learn anything. Instead of saying to themselves so dramatically, “We are at war”… they should have said, “How can we do better next time to represent what our constituents want?” It’s so sad that the people in Washington, Liberals and Conservatives, that are suppose to be representing us have forgotten just that. They need to learn to play nice TOGETHER rather than square off in separate corners and try to out mean and waylay each other so nothing constructive gets done. No one wins in that scenario. To be honest, I didn’t vote for any person yesterday because quite frankly there wasn’t anyone running that deserved my vote so I ended up voting for Women’s Rights. And BTW – I’ve been a card carrying Independent ever since I registered to vote way back in 1969. I didn’t like the two party system then and I like it even less now.

    • Xeolyte

      Once again, another Pit fan makes excuses rather than admit that these dogs can and will cause catastrophic harm because of the way they attack. Babyteeth was right about one thing though .. there really isn’t a single breed of Pitt Bull. Pitt Bull is actually a class of dogs which include American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. The main point which people and most uniformed owners don’t realize is that the genetic makeup of these dogs is such that it is impossible to tell when or if they ever will attack. The majority will go through their lives without attacking anything .. but then again, there are many well known attacks where death occurred by dogs who were raised in loving homes from puppies. One of the most well known was one where a 6 month pregnant woman was mauled to death by her male Pitt Bull type dog. When this happed there were people actually blaming the victim for her own death .. “she must have done this or must have done that” to cause him to attack. Babies, toddlers and small animals are the most vulnerable because of their erratic movement and behavior which can trigger the prey instinct in the most docile of dogs. Nurture, how the dog was raised, plays only a very small part in the nature of this class of dogs. One of the scarier things about this class of dog are the legitimate breeders. They breed for “gameness”. The ability to keep fighting no matter how injured the dog is .. they actually test for this and if the dog doesn’t have sufficient “gameness” they are out of the gene pool.  Pitt Bull dogs really are sweet and affectionate dogs and great companions – it’s their darker side and ignorant owners and breeders who refuse to acknowledge that this class of dog can pose a very real danger and insist on breeding in what I think is the most dangerous trait of all, gameness. Owners need to stop being defensive and making excuses “these stupid dog fighters who are breeding it back in to make them guard dogs” and act like responsible people in admitting that their dogs are capable of horrific harm and take whatever precautions necessary to avert a disaster. Those thinking “my dog would never attack someone” are the last people who should be owning a Pitt Bull dog.

    • Xeolyte

      Pit Bull dogs and mixes are sweet, loving, affectionate and very loyal dogs .. you couldn’t ask for a better companion. But, and it’s a big but, they are ticking time bombs and there is no way whatsoever to know when they will go off or if they ever will go off but when they do go off, the results are always catastrophic and can lead to death! It’s nature and not nurture.  And yes, there are other dogs who attack people like Huskies, Rottweilers or Cocker Spaniels but when they attack someone, the victims walk away and you don’t need a break stick to open their jaws to make them let go of their victim. When Pit Bulls attack the results are usually catastrophic and if small children or the elderly are involved, more often than not will lead to death. What makes them so dangerous is their style of attack, which is to grab on to muscle, clamp down, shake and they will not let go even if they are severely injured and in excruciating pain. Once they are in attack mode, about the only thing that will stop a Pit Bull attack is a gun.  The biggest problem with Pit Bull dogs are the owners that seem unable to admit that these dogs can cause horrific and catastrophic harm. The saying “Judge the deed not the breed” is totally wrong. The same deed by any other breed for the most part is not as devastating. You want to keep the breed around? Then be responsible and breed the “gameness” out of them which is the primary reason they are dangerous dogs. Gameness is the ability to keep fighting/attacking no matter how injured the dog is.