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Tangentially, in my opinion the Founding Fathers did us a disservice by only adding rights to the constitution that all citizens are granted, but not adding in any responsibilities that citizens should be held to. I'll leave it up to constitutional scholars and my learned fellow forum member to suggest what those responsibilities should be...my $0.02
 

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Tangentially, in my opinion the Founding Fathers did us a disservice by only adding rights to the constitution that all citizens are granted, but not adding in any responsibilities that citizens should be held to. I'll leave it up to constitutional scholars and my learned fellow forum member to suggest what those responsibilities should be...my $0.02


To certain extent I agree with you...The founding fathers were of course under
the assumption that American citizens would always hold the Constitution
close to their chest at all times and vigorously defend it at the slightest sign
of disrespect by our Government...

Little did they know that 200+ years later the American populace would slowly give
up their rights to corrupt, treasonous, seditious, career politicians selling out
Americans to the Government, Corporations, and other Foreign entities...Hope
all that are involved in such matters ROT IN HELL for eternity.
 
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When your main source of news is FB, Yahoo, Twitter, et. al., it's no small wonder that people lack understanding about most everything. These days, 280 characters is the limit of their attention span. Then it's back to selfies and the Kardashians.
I was at a seminar years ago.

The speaker said there is a new social platform that will combine Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook.

It will be called YouTwitFace.

It was a good one.
 

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When your main source of news is FB, Yahoo, Twitter, et. al., it's no small wonder that people lack understanding about most everything. These days, 280 characters is the limit of their attention span. Then it's back to selfies and the Kardashians.
I wish society at large could handle that... a significant number of people seem to be getting their news from memes.
 

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How about sodium cyclamate? That sweetener has been banned since 1970 because of it was suspected of causing bladder cancer in rats, even though more recent testing hasn't shown a link. It is approved to use in 130 other countries today, just not in the US.
EVERYTHING causes cancer in rats. Are they just cancer prone or could it maybe be the massive doses they are given?
 
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Following this thread and the incoherent topic jumping has been entertaining. I recently shut down all of my social media and blocked news topics such as COVID, protests, and riots. Regardless, Google still puts all of it there, because **** me, eh?

It's not a "bury my head in the sand" thing, it's more of a, "the people who control the media have a vested interest in seeing chaos" as the views of all media outlets has been booming with people stuck in their houses hiding from the world. I think there's an underlying problem which supersedes all of these issues: Money is driving the news.

Certainly, I can't be the only one who thinks this is a bad idea. Pick your news outlet, NY Times, Fox News, CNN, Washington Post... all of them get money from advertisers. The more their views increase, the more they can charge for advertising. The way to get views is to make things seem like huge stories. Here in Reno, rioters broke into City Hall, busted some windows, and acted like asshats for a long and grueling night. I went down there the day after to help clean up. I was hard pressed to find anyone who needed assistance. However, reading the local paper's website (RGJ), it sounded like all of downtown was destroyed. That article had more views by triple of any of the COVID related articles. It was deemed so very important by the RGJ, the subscriber limitation on article read-count was lifted to accommodate the importance of second to second coverage of the "breaking news" (no pun intended).

The RGJ made it sound like the end of the world. Their viewership went up, and in response they raised the cost of advertising on their platform. News outlets have incentivised sensationalism to make more money, and society is consuming it at an increasing pace. The more the world burns, the more money they make. In my humble opinion, this is the heart of the issue.

Does law enforcement employ racist and violent assholes? Yes
Was COVID-19 a virus which should cause concern? Absolutely
Is most of it hyperbole, compared to the actual threat, which is embellished by the "trusted news outlets" communities rely on for information concerning them?

I would very much like to see media reform before political reform (though the latter couldn't hurt either). This is the one topic I believe socialism would not be a danger. If you remove the capitalism from news reporting, the need to over-hype stories is removed and replaced with information based on what society should know.
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”
— H. L. Mencken
 

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I don't remember if I have shared this story before or not so please bear with me as I am using my speaker to record this I have a Polish coworker who eats just about everything in sight candy chocolate donuts whatever and I have dove chocolates at my desk a while ago there was a website that came up that showed those little dove a square chocolates have cadmium in them so I told my coworker that he shouldn't be eating those anymore and I need to throw them away because they have cadmium his response was well how else am I going to get my cadmium
 
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I don't remember if I have shared this story before or not so please bear with me as I am using my speaker to record this I have a Polish coworker who eats just about everything in sight candy chocolate donuts whatever and I have dove chocolates at my desk a while ago there was a website that came up that showed those little dove a square chocolates have cadmium in them so I told my coworker that he shouldn't be eating those anymore and I need to throw them away because they have cadmium his response was well how else am I going to get my cadmium
Lol. Tip. When doing voice to text, if you say the word "period", it puts a period. ;)
 
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Practically all chocolates have trace amounts of cadmium and lead. Dark chocolates have more cadmium and lead since they have more cocoa in them. Cocoa trees absorb cadmium and lead naturally from the soil and there are regulations set concerning the trace amounts of these metals in cocoa powder and chocolate candies.

Like many other foods, moderation is the key to avoid the accumulation of these metals in the body.
 
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JojnInNH Makes a note to not grow Cocoa trees near his backstop.
 

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In addition to cadmium, I'd be cautious on cocoa's copper content as well. Copper is also toxic depending on concentration level.
 

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In addition to cadmium, I'd be cautious on cocoa's copper content as well. Copper is also toxic depending on concentration level.
Unlike cadmium and lead, your body does need copper to build and maintain the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells. It's also necessary for the production of collagen and elastin, which are connective tissue proteins. That being said, a 3.5 oz. bar of 70-85% cocoa solids dark chocolate will contain up to 200% of the RDI of copper. Copper is also abundant in organ meats, oysters, shiitake mushrooms, nuts and seeds, lobster and leafy greens.

Again, moderation is the key. I wouldn't worry as much about copper as I would cadmium or lead.
 

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Practically all chocolates have trace amounts of cadmium and lead. Dark chocolates have more cadmium and lead since they have more cocoa in them. Cocoa trees absorb cadmium and lead naturally from the soil and there are regulations set concerning the trace amounts of these metals in cocoa powder and chocolate candies.

Like many other foods, moderation is the key to avoid the accumulation of these metals in the body.
I see.

Same goes for consumjng dolphin meat...high in copper.

I didnt know all cocoa had cadmium.

There were chocolates that didnt show it.

For example, Lindt 86% does not while Lindt 72% does.

Edit...it was Girardelli.

 

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Practically all chocolates have trace amounts of cadmium and lead. Dark chocolates have more cadmium and lead since they have more cocoa in them. Cocoa trees absorb cadmium and lead naturally from the soil and there are regulations set concerning the trace amounts of these metals in cocoa powder and chocolate candies.

Like many other foods, moderation is the key to avoid the accumulation of these metals in the body.
Been nice knowing you guys.
 
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I see.

Same goes for consumjng dolphin meat...high in copper.

I didnt know all cocoa had cadmium.

There were chocolates that didnt show it.

For example, Lindt 86% does not while Lindt 72% does.

Edit...it was Girardelli.

Depending where the cocoa trees are located, the amount of acidity in the soil is a key factor in releasing cadmium and lead ions that are absorbed by the roots of the trees.
 

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Unlike cadmium and lead, your body does need copper to build and maintain the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells. It's also necessary for the production of collagen and elastin, which are connective tissue proteins. That being said, a 3.5 oz. bar of 70-85% cocoa solids dark chocolate will contain up to 200% of the RDI of copper. Copper is also abundant in organ meats, oysters, shiitake mushrooms, nuts and seeds, lobster and leafy greens.

Again, moderation is the key. I wouldn't worry as much about copper as I would cadmium or lead.
Indeed.
 

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It’s hard to believe this madness is still going on in our cities. Now they’re even threatening to arrest the federal agents trying to quell the violence. Our world is upside down right now.
 
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It’s hard to believe this madness is still going on in our cities. Now they’re even threatening to arrest the federal agents trying to quell the violence. Our world is upside down right now.
Portland is chock full of nuts. Left-wing nuts to be specific. The BLM people come out early and do their thing and then go home. The Antifa and their wannabes come out to play later with the police. Even the BLM people are saying their protest has fallen by the wayside to the anarchists in Portland.
 
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