Feb 1, 2013 schism commented on Rob McKenna Is the Quisp of Washington Politics (Except for the Fact that Quisp Won).
"Wouaaa wouaaa wu wu wouaaaaaaaaaa! Seattle wouldn't vote for me and I lost. Wouaaa wouaaa wu wu wouaaaaaaaaaa!" Why anyone would listen to that weasel blabber on is beyond me.
Jan 25, 2013 schism commented on Strokes Release New Song, "One Way Trigger".
I like The Strokes, but I don't get why this is even worth considering. It's just falsetto. So what?
Oct 5, 2012 schism commented on Mitt Romney on His 47% Video: "I said something just completely wrong".
Apparently, bishops in the Mormon faith can lie without repercussions. As long as they've got their super underwear on, they're protected.
Oct 3, 2012 schism commented on Dear Levi's, Your Jeans Are Garbage These Days.
Levi's makes a line of jeans (their "Signature" line) that are made cheap for stores like Walmart, Target, KMart, etc. If you buy your Levis at this kind of store, you're getting the cheap stuff. If you can stay away from the Signature line, you may find the quality to be more what you're used to.
Sep 12, 2012 schism commented on Fluoride Fight! Should Portland Treat Its Drinking Water or What?.
@78 ego stuff aside, keep in mind that fluoride collects in our bodies. The level of fluoride you get in a glass a water is negligent. It is the collected levels that become harmful, and that is why the Harvard study has meaning.
Sep 12, 2012 schism commented on Fluoride Fight! Should Portland Treat Its Drinking Water or What?.
@70: I thought I posted this, but maybe not - Disregard the Manhattan Project reference if that bothers you, but please don't disregard the very real research into the harmful affects of fluoridation. If, on the other hand, you are curious about that reference, here is a link to an interview with a researcher into that topic:
http://www.democracynow.org/2004/6/17/th…

Sep 12, 2012 schism commented on Fluoride Fight! Should Portland Treat Its Drinking Water or What?.
@ several: I don't have time to do a bunch of research for you right now; I'm at work. In the interest of expediency, here is a good source that references other sources. This site is anti-fluoride, but the articles on each health concern mention references so you can check out the sources for yourselves.
http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/heal…

It is probably worth re-emphasizing that the affects on one individual, or even most individuals, will not apply to everyone. Fluoride is tricky stuff, and I fear most people don't realize how much so.
Sep 12, 2012 schism commented on Fluoride Fight! Should Portland Treat Its Drinking Water or What?.
@57 You are making an assumption that there have been hundreds of scientific studies verifying the benefits. Most "studies" site the same historical material. Most recent independent studies are finding health problems.

If you think about it, though, that makes sense. Consider those annoying pharmaceutical commercials that suggest you ask your doctor about some drug or another and then proceeds to list off a laundry list of possible side effects. The drug offers benefits, sure, but at a cost. Fluoridation of or water is similar. There are some benefits, but at a cost. That cost is greater for some than others, just like pharmaceuticals. And that is why the consumption of fluoride should be voluntary. This isn't unreasonable.
Sep 12, 2012 schism commented on Fluoride Fight! Should Portland Treat Its Drinking Water or What?.
@48 I don't disagree with that, but the problem is our bodies can't get rid of it fast enough. We can eliminate about 60% of it at best. The rest gets stored up in our systems. There are studies that have shown ingested fluoride collects around our pineal gland, which is a master hormone gland. Some believe that is contributing to a host of modern diseases that we don't currently understand. And there is no question that higher doses of fluoride is toxic (actually, any dose is toxic, but the negative effects may be minimal), so the collection in the body becomes the real concern here. And we're not just talking about the water we drink, we are also talking about the fact that water is used throughout our food supply.

My thought is, if folks want to add fluoride to their diet, fine. It's cheap and could be made available in a host of ways for those that choose it. For those of us that prefer not to ingest it, we shouldn't be forced to.
Sep 12, 2012 schism commented on Fluoride Fight! Should Portland Treat Its Drinking Water or What?.
@38 - I'm not trying to insult anybody here. I once thought like most that fluoridation of our drinking water was a good thing. After reading enough about it, I'm saddened. BTW, you can't buy a Brita filter and make it go away. It requires an entirely more involved filtration process.