Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1709533 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1130759 May 3, 2014
flack wrote:
For all of recorded history, humankind has had a conflicted view of nature. In ancient times, we made awesome and frightening gods of the natural elements. The Babylonian-Assyrian god of storms, Adad, brought rain to the crops but also caused havoc and death on land and sea. Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, both created and destroyed and was sometimes invoked to annihilate one’s enemies. So close to nature are we in some mythologies that human beings are regularly transformed into other animals and even inanimate matter. In Aztec mythology, the twin volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl were once human lovers, later turned into mountains by the gods.
In the other direction, nature is constantly given human qualities. Wordsworth wrote that “nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Mother Nature has comforted us in every culture on earth. In the 20th and 21st centuries, some environmentalists claimed that the entire earth is a single ecosystem, a “superorganism” in the language of Gaia.
I would argue that we have been fooling ourselves. Nature, in fact, is mindless. Nature is neither friend nor foe, neither malevolent nor benevolent.
Nature is purposeless. Nature simply is. We may find nature beautiful or terrible, but those feelings are human constructions. Such utter and complete mindlessness is hard for us to accept. We feel such a strong connection to nature. But the relationship between nature and us is one-sided. There is no reciprocity. There is no mind on the other side of the wall. That absence of mind, coupled with so much power, is what so frightened me on the sailboat in Greece.
The recent report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change documents the damage now being done by human-created greenhouse gases and global warming. In reacting to the report, we should not be concerned about protecting our planet. Nature can survive far more than what we can do to it and is totally oblivious to whether homo sapiens lives or dies in the next hundred years. Our concern should be about protecting ourselves — because we have only ourselves to protect us.
Alan Lightman is a physicist who teaches humanities at M.I.T. His most recent book is “The Accidental Universe.”
ummm...how is the entire Earth not an ecosystem?

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Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1130760 May 3, 2014
Known knowns
What is clear, however, is that the approximately five million barrels of Lousiana sweet (low-sulfur) crude that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico was toxic—a toxicity exacerbated by the use of 1.8 million gallons of dispersant both in the deep sea and at the surface. The oil itself sports an array of so-called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)—benzene, toluene and the like that are known to cause cancer. NOAA testing found more than 800 oil-related compounds in the water during the spill. "Those components are very toxic," says toxicologist Scott Miles of Louisiana State University. "Those are the ones you're sniffing when filling up the gas tank."

At the same time, they are compounds that fish and other organisms are efficient at not taking up into their tissues. "Accumulation of PAH is very difficult," notes toxicologist Joe Griffitt of the University of Southern Mississippi, who is studying how oil exposures that do not kill an animal can affect its reproductive success.

And these different compounds have different effects, some of which cancel each other out. "You have a very complex situation, very quickly," says Griffits. PAH can have impacts that don't kill the marine organism directly but reduce its reproductive success or promote tumors—even interfere with the process of copying the genetic code. "There is some evidence that PAH can affect methylation patterns," Griffitt says. "You stick a methyl group on DNA somewhere and then effect gene transcription. It's theoretically heritable."

Further, it is difficult to tell whether a decline in reproduction or an increase in cancer is a direct result of the BP oil spill, a natural oil seep, some combination of causes or another cause entirely—in addition to being difficult to detect in the first place. "We are starting to see some tumors and lesions in fish exposed to Deepwater Horizon [spilled oil]," Chesney notes. In fact, fish caught in the Gulf, such as red snapper, are showing signs of weakened immune systems that have allowed opportunistic infections. The cause may or may not be BP's oil spill.

Evidence from prior spills, such as the Exxon Valdez suggests further long-term effects. "Salmon embryos exposed to oil, when they grow up, their babies are compromised, through mechanisms such as messing with the [hormonal] system," says biologist Andrew Whitehead of Louisiana State University, who studied Louisiana marshes both before and after the oil spill. Alaskan shorebirds also did not breed as much, had smaller eggs when they did breed, and those chicks that did hatch died more frequently.

In addition, BP's Macondo well oil itself smothered birds; more than 8,000 such birds representing 102 different species were collected—2,263 of them already dead—by government workers. Of course, this is likely just a fraction of the birds impacted because an oil-coated bird at sea sinks. "It is this phenomenon that makes an accurate estimate of bird deaths extremely difficult," wrote the Congressional Research Service in an October report on oil spill ecosystem impacts. The Center for Biological Diversity estimates that the oil spill killed or harmed approximately 82,000 birds as well as more than 6,000 sea turtles and 25,000 marine mammals, such as various species of dolphins.

And, unfortunately, the oil that did reach the coast—nearly 700 kilometers of marshland and 235 kilometers of beach was oiled, according to the government's Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Teams—"is very persistent once it gets up in the marsh grass," Miles says. "We still have a lot of oil in the Louisiana marshlands." That oil killed the spartina marsh grass at times, reducing coastal wetlands and, ultimately, exacerbating coastal erosion. "If it does kill the grass in high enough concentrations and a big storm comes up, it's going to start eroding," Miles adds.

Since: Mar 14

Location hidden

#1130762 May 3, 2014
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>and all you'd e to do to not be the queen of liars is show those numerous requests for more security at Benghazi, that not one person on this planet has yet to find...
sweetie, no one is making me look stupid, i know the facts..you, on the other hand are making a total ass of yourself.
get back to me when you find those requests for more security...till then just one more of your proven lies...
It's impossible to reason with someone who can't see a train that's about to run over them.

You see only what you want to see. No one can help you see the obvious. The requests for help are not disputed by anyone and part of the timeline leading up to the attack.

So all I can say is "Look out!"

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1130763 May 3, 2014
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>ummm...how is the entire Earth not an ecosystem?
Where does it say it isn't? Good grief!!!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1130764 May 3, 2014
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>
Let's review__Christopher Stevens, career diplomat__we have no earthly idea why he was in Benghazi without his security team that day because it's classified.
why is it classified, if you're such an expert, pal???...

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1130765 May 3, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
regular gas is $4.30 here.....
thanks, Barry.....
how does the president affect the price oa publicly traded commodity on the world market?
Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1130766 May 3, 2014
Eleanor Beaver wrote:
Benghazi Victim’s Mom: Obama, Hillary, and Biden ‘All Lied to Me’
[Smith] was repeatedly lied to by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who all immediately blamed the attack on the spontaneous demonstrations arising in response to a YouTube video.
“I was told a few things and they were all lies,” Smith said.“Obama, and Hillary, and Panetta, and Susan [Rice] all came up to me at the casket ceremony – every one of them came up to me, gave me a big hug – and I asked them what happened.”
“And every one of them says,‘it was the video,’ and we all know that it wasn’t the video,” she continued.“Even at that time, they knew it wasn’t the video.”
Despicable.
Bull, you are simply another Foxbot willing to believe all bad and nothing good. How many hearing have you idiots had and with nothing to show, not one single thing. Just a bunch of whiney azzed baggers pretending that they are sooooo concerned when far worse has happened to most of their recent presidents. Using our dead as political pawns. Despicable.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1130767 May 3, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
regular gas is $4.30 here.....
thanks, Barry.....
a buck cheaper here...you CA freaks are just stupid..
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1130768 May 3, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text> That will change as time goes by.
Galt agrees....

Adam Silver screwed up big time in handling the Sterling affair, putting the owners in a difficult position.....

Silver will be dismissed in due time, with a nice severance package...

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1130769 May 3, 2014
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Where does it say it isn't? Good grief!!!
did you reawhat you parroted? obviously you did not understand it..as usual.

you are funny!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1130770 May 3, 2014
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>how does the president affect the price oa publicly traded commodity on the world market?
by effectively devaluing the US dollar....

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1130771 May 3, 2014
Grey Ghost wrote:
<quoted text>
Bull, you are simply another Foxbot willing to believe all bad and nothing good. How many hearing have you idiots had and with nothing to show, not one single thing. Just a bunch of whiney azzed baggers pretending that they are sooooo concerned when far worse has happened to most of their recent presidents. Using our dead as political pawns. Despicable.
apparantly lying aobut even what the parents of the brave americans parents said isn't beyond their 'scumminess'...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1130772 May 3, 2014
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>a buck cheaper here...you CA freaks are just stupid..
yes, California restrictions on fuel blends and refinery construction are stupid....
Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1130773 May 3, 2014
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>apparantly lying aobut even what the parents of the brave americans parents said isn't beyond their 'scumminess'...
I know, their hypocrisy is unbelievable, along with their obsessive and fanatical nature. Yet they actually think that its everyone that doesn't think as they do.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1130774 May 3, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
by effectively devaluing the US dollar....
just making more accusations you don't understand and cannot possibly back up?

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1130775 May 3, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
yes, California restrictions on fuel blends and refinery construction are stupid....
so sad that you think that is the problem...

just a california mindset...\

have you ever researched supply and demand? how many cars do you idiots have there?

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1130776 May 3, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Galt agrees....
Adam Silver screwed up big time in handling the Sterling affair, putting the owners in a difficult position.....
Silver will be dismissed in due time, with a nice severance package...
the owners seem to be onboard...
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#1130777 May 3, 2014
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>so was he traveling without the normal security or not?
you seem to be contradicting your previous statement here...why?
We don't know what normal was__we don't know dick because the Issa led committee is not interested in what really happened in Benghazi and only interested in what Washington's days later response was.

.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1130778 May 3, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
It's impossible to reason with someone who can't see a train that's about to run over them.
You see only what you want to see. No one can help you see the obvious. The requests for help are not disputed by anyone and part of the timeline leading up to the attack.
So all I can say is "Look out!"
You claim to walk with Jesus son.

I'd say that makes you impossible to reason with.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1130779 May 3, 2014
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
regular gas is $4.30 here.....
thanks, Barry.....
so l this focus on gas and food prices.....are you all retired people living in miami?

oy, should that my bran flakes cost a dime more....

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