I do find it refreshing. People can be beautiful all on their own, especially if they eat right and take care of their bodies. Adjusting the ideals of what is beautiful can help tremendously too. Photoshop is fun but shouldn't be overused, because folks hold themselves up to to that type of standard and shouldn't need to.View Thread
What about just plain good role models, like always? I am forced to ask, however, if the character is a villain, why would they be drawn in a flattering manner anyway? Given that the cartoons seem to be trying to shame kids into doing right, that is, showing them the error of their ways, aren't some bad feelings designed to be part of it, with the idea that if they feel bad enough and have the problem identified, they will change?View Thread
Could it be possible that poorer folks break more rules but are better at being sneaky about it? Seriously though, I don't know if we have enough information to answer the question. I think there are certain elements of the self-identified upper class that behave very badly because they can afford the insurance and attorneys to remove personal risk. Of course, it depends on what rules, whether the rules are just, and a host of other factors. I break certain rules all the time but nobody cares because they are minor. I break them because they are nonsensical and because I'm not harming anyone, including myself. So it depends a lot on when and what.View Thread
I can't stand any of the main candidates, whether sitting president or the main Republican contenders. I'm a Libertarian and I'd vote for Ron Paul if I could because I like his intelligence, his ideas, and most (not all) of his vision. I do think the president has a large effect on national affairs, especially in how they interact with the rest of the government. Through executive orders and through overriding Congress they can have too much power, actually. Take a look at what's been happening during the last two or three years and it becomes apparent.
I'd like to have better medical care but not through anything government derived. I'd like to see private industry doing more of what the government does, and lower taxes from a smaller government. I think Ron Paul would work toward that, and as a doctor would keep workable health care in mind. Right now the health care that is going through is very difficult for medical providers and that's goin to make it hard for everyone.View Thread
Best valentine's day gift? Probably the time when I was in college and my sweet buddy, basically an adopted older brother, came over with a beautiful striped rose and said "Happy Valentine's day, little sister." It was my first rose and the sweetest thing ever.
Worst gift? I can't really think of one because I don't get too many. My SO hates the day. I can take it or leave it, so I leave it for her sake and just try to be sweet to her at other random times.
My SO doesn't like V Day because of the rampant commercialism, and she doesn't like St. Valentine.View Thread
More legislation means more cost and more waste for everyone. Meaning people have to work harder to keep their heads above water and have less time to learn about healthy eating and get outside and exercise. Everyone is responsible for themselves, no need to add to the burden. I stopped buying sugar and sugary food anyway! Without legislation, but because it wasn't good for me. Same with alcohol. My house is now smoke free and alcohol free as well, and that only happened after the stress levels of having to work too hard went down and we started caring whether we wanted to live or die. Not because of taxes.View Thread
One of the most valuable things I have ever learned is a love of learning. Wanting to know how things work and what things are, and the ability to find out, is a learned skill and the most valuable thing anyone ever taught me. I learned it from parents with a love of learning (my dad read my articles on rocketry to me as a baby) and teachers with the same. I was blessed with a non traditional education and it did me a world of good. I still didn't like some aspects of learning, such as math problems, but I love theory.
My best friend is the internet! All that information, at my fingertips! It's tremendously empowering.View Thread
Regardless of what might be said on the news, we are pouring more money into the US school system than at any other time in history. And the standards are worse. Do what you will with that information.
Fat people telling other fat people they are fat isn't helping. We all need to eat less processed foods, less corn syrup, less fillers. We all need to become closer to the sources of our food. Increased government involvement in education has lowered the standards, not increased them.
Ultimately, parents have to be motivated to live healthy lives and pass that on to their kids. Less TV, more recess, less time sitting, more time moving. For both parent and child. French fries do not count as a vegetable. But it's up to the parents. Do they want to live unhappy, unhealthy lives? Yes, there are many lies in the media about what is safe and good to eat.
But everyone needs to educate themselves! It's no one else's responsibility. The choice is in the hands of every person, along with the higher insurance premiums, the shorter lives, and the misery. Or the success.View Thread
I like the policy my office has, no perfume that can be smelled at beyond arm's length and no heavy perfumes or colognes. Either causes sneezing and coughing in me. I am also bothered by people who come in reeking of tobacco. It's not the place of government to decide, however I support my fellow asthmatics in politely making their cases to HR.View Thread
Any diet that is too limited is counterproductive in my opinion. Whether it's "just eat meat" or "just eat veggies only" or "just eat this diet bar" it seems doomed to fail.
People get bored! When I did Atkins I had terrible carb cravings. I happen to be doing the Paleo thing right now but that allows me enough variety to eat what my body is asking for. And for the first time in my life it's asking for lean meats and fruits and veggies and NOT asking for refined sugar or bread!
Everybody is different. Some might do really well on an Okinawan diet for example. I just know I've found what I do want, and don't want.View Thread