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Re: “Regular versus churned ice cream -- what's the difference?

I'm a food science graduate, and I know for a fact that these additives are all perfectly safe for human consumption. Research has shown that in terms of texture and mouth feel, these components mimic fat, hence allowing them to be used and thereby reducing fat content in foods. I understand that one has to read labels to avoid harmful additives, but its dumb to assume that all the so-called "chemicals". Case in point, Carrageenan. It has a bad rap because there's a very badly organized study, where mice are fed carrageenan equivalent to 2 kilos for a human per day and nothing else, leading to a lot of gastrointestinal tumors etc. Normally, even if you eat every food product that has carrageenan in it ALL DAY, you would probably ingest less that 100 grams. Heck, 2 kilos of most things is bad. Its like drinking 2 bottles of wine a day or eating 2 kilos of cheese a day, everyday for 15 days. My opinion: trust the FDA and other regulatory agencies to weed out bad additives. Extensive testing is done before they are ever included in a product that hits the market. Not just additive containing food but even generally, don't eat a lot of the same thing and you'll be healthy.

Posted by Lohit Myneedu on 04/22/2015 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Sufjan Stevens brought a solemn, stunning show to the Midland last night

@jullducey send me an email at zacharyjbauman@gmail.com

Posted by Zach Bauman on 04/22/2015 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Sufjan Stevens brought a solemn, stunning show to the Midland last night

Are Zach Bauman's photos available in hi-res for sale?

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Posted by Jill Ducey on 04/22/2015 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Why isn't the Church of Scientology paying its downtown tax bill?

If you look at Census data you can get an idea of religious identification and validate the idea that their membership is exaggerated.

In 2008 228 million people identified their religion nationwide. None of the religious groups I mention below are for the purpose of promoting or insulting in any way because they're small, they're just good examples for my point.

78,000 as Sikh. 86,000 as Independent Christian Church. 90,000 as Humanist. None are large groups in the US

Scientology wasn't big enough to get it's own row. That cuts off at 75,000.

So if they don't even have 75,000 members nationwide that will identify with the group then how do they have 10,000 in Kansas City?

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Posted by Kevin Carlyle on 04/22/2015 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Brian Huther talks performing in Dog and Friend Dog, dealing with Ted Nugent, working on a start-up and more

Anyone who calls Ted Nugent an asshole is obviously a sissy boy hipster. Dork is right!

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Posted by Ramblinfarts on 04/22/2015 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Why isn't the Church of Scientology paying its downtown tax bill?

I assume that Kansas City doesn't have parades every week, or even every month. So how is the "actually and regularly used exclusively for religious worship" measured? Because the 'church' of Scientology says so? That is probably the case. A little oversight is now in order. Now that this matter has been brought to the attention of government, what will be done?

In other cities, the COS pays regular property taxes on its empty, unused Ideal Orgs, why not in Kansas City?

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Posted by Ze Moo on 04/22/2015 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Alphonso Pankey found shot to death inside Gillham Park; 33 homicides in KCMO

Shauna my is Rena I am Al cousin please contact me on Facebook I sent you a request

Posted by Rena Taylor on 04/22/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “KU chancellor: State lawmakers' budget cuts 'significantly challenging the University of Kansas' ability to serve Kansans and society'

Congratulations to the formerly middle of the road and quietly competent Sunflower State, now fundamentally changed as a Petrie dish to study the fatal virus of Koch brand of John Birch Society/Ayn Rand version of utopia for the plutocrats.

Kansas is turning into a deep south type of plantation mentality, ignorant trailer court "millionaire" sort of society. A State run by morons lording over other morons with a healthy dose of far right, white extremist political Jesus. Most of the young people I know are eagerly awaiting their chance to get out of Brownbackistan.

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Posted by Ramblinfarms on 04/22/2015 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Brian Huther talks performing in Dog and Friend Dog, dealing with Ted Nugent, working on a start-up and more

Don Draper called, he said to stop being a pathetic dork.

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Posted by the dude on 04/22/2015 at 9:33 AM

Re: “KU chancellor: State lawmakers' budget cuts 'significantly challenging the University of Kansas' ability to serve Kansans and society'

"A couple months ago the U of N athletic director sent Coach Pelini back to Ohio, his pockets stuffed with millions of dollars, and at the same time shipped a pallet of hundred dollar bills to Oregon for a replacement. He said not to worry, because “…there are never concerns about money at the University of Nebraska.” The Board of Regents is now considering a hefty tuition raise. Congrats if your kid plays football; condolences if he/she doesn’t."

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Posted by Orphan of the Road on 04/22/2015 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Why isn't the Church of Scientology paying its downtown tax bill?

ALL religions should lose their tax exempt status.

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Posted by Wink Dinklemeyer on 04/22/2015 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Why isn't the Church of Scientology paying its downtown tax bill?

The Columbus, OH ideal org has also been rotting away since it was reportedly purchased in January 2010. I walked by the current (non-ideal) org on a Saturday at 11:30am, which is supposed to be a busy time for them. The building was locked and only one person, an underpaid and overworked staffer, was inside.

They simply don't have the funds or parishioners to support mega-million dollar buildings and renovations. You might think a church that is sitting on a billion dollars in a cash slush fund would chip in to get things done, but no, the individual orgs are supposed to raise it all themselves and fail miserably.

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Posted by Dawn Graham on 04/22/2015 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Why isn't the Church of Scientology paying its downtown tax bill?

Jackson County administrator Edwin Stoll says that Scientology can't use the full building due to "needed construction and repairs".

In order to do any construction or repairs, Scientology would have to apply and be granted building permits from the city, and those should be a matter of public record. Has Scientology applied for any during the eight years?

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Posted by RMycroft on 04/22/2015 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Why isn't the Church of Scientology paying its downtown tax bill?

The benefits of cloaking oneself or organization as a religion. I am sure the James Madison would roll over in his grave if he realized how is 9 points for the Bill of Rights had morphed into permitting snake oil salesmen to run rampant and right into the government itself.

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Posted by dchoice on 04/22/2015 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Why isn't the Church of Scientology paying its downtown tax bill?

Scientology has been a real estate scam for a while now. Fewer people than ever are buying their services, which was the old scam.

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Posted by Dick Canker on 04/22/2015 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Why isn't the Church of Scientology paying its downtown tax bill?

This article nails it. Take a look at Scientology's empty, decaying tax dodges in Philadelphia, New haven, Chicago, St Louis, Sandy Springs, Georgia, Toronto, and many more, including some incredibly decrepit (formerly historic) piles in Birmingham, Manchester, Plymouth and East Grinstead in the UK. Don't look on Scientology's website-they are known to track your clicks, and yes, add the occasional shoop to their pics to make things seem different from the truth.

Collect your taxes properly, and if they do decide to expand for real, well, take a visit to downtown Clearwater, Florida before you extend them any "blessed" favors. Tony Ortega has much more at his blog at TonyOrtega dot org, or see real pics of empty eyesores at Mike Rinders blog dot org.

Or you could just decide to avoid taxes, too, by calling yourself a church, open only for parades.

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Posted by Call a parade a parade on 04/22/2015 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Why isn't the Church of Scientology paying its downtown tax bill?

Empty Scientology buildings purchased for grandious sounding projects is not just a local problem. The City government should have a talk with the people in Sandy Springs GA, Burbank Ca, Boston MA, and East Grinstead England. They all have building purchased by Scientology with much ballyhoo about "Ideal Orgs", renovating historic buildings, and what great neighbors they would be. Instead, all of these places ended up with empty buildings that have sat for years deteriorating, gathering junk and debris, and being taken over by squatters in East Grinstead.

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Posted by Pickanotherid on 04/22/2015 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Why isn't the Church of Scientology paying its downtown tax bill?

A box of Velveeta on the floor really sums things up well. Fake religion/cheese that just won't ever rot away.

Analogy aside, are there utilities on in that building? Electricity? Water/sewer? If there's no water/sewer on how can they hold events? I'm gonna assume the water/sewer is through the city/county and would qualify as a public record, or at least part of it would. You can tell if electricity is on via if there's a certain tag on the meter (in Ohio, meters that are off are tagged red). What about gas service?

During the next parade, it'd be interesting to watch that building.

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Posted by Miss Tia on 04/22/2015 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn

Unbelievable that this has gone on so long! I think the Pope needs to answer a few questions, too!

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Posted by Barbara Stanton Reed on 04/22/2015 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Five Kansas City haunts that deserve a visit from TV's ghost hunters

I've had an experience at Union Station. Was there after-hours, stopping in to get a drink on a hot summer's night two years ago or so. Nobody in there but security and skeleton staff. As I was passing the area back outside where the Massacre took place, I suddenly heard shouting and then a groaning, whispering voice behind me saying "They're all dead. Get out of here." Second freakiest thing that ever happened to me.

Posted by Edward Drawde on 04/21/2015 at 11:47 PM

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