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  • kleinbl00

    kleinbl00

    March 10, 2015, 7:27 am

    There's a world of difference between being affected and being influenced. Having Target decide I'm an idiot that can't reheat a pot pie makes me disinterested in shopping at Target. Much like hearing gangsta rap makes you disinterested in sleeping with misogynists.

    The leap you're making is like this: Hearing gangsta rap makes you think you ought to behave the way gangsta rap tells you to. This is akin to my thinking that I ought not to know how to microwave a pot pie because Target thinks I can't.

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  • FlyingCowOfDoom

    FlyingCowOfDoom

    March 10, 2015, 9:29 pm

    I don't dislike the man, I dislike his ideas and policies.

    I think apologizing to the world was a bad idea. I don't think the current administration is capable of handling the situation in Iran.

    I think spending more money and growing the government more than ever is a terrible idea. I wasn't happy when Bush did it either. I don't like having dozens of "czars" that are not vetted and report directly to the POTUS.

    I don't want universal health care. I understand you might think that's selfish, but so be it. I think we're moving more and more towards a nanny-state and I think if anything, we should reduce the amount of government handouts. I think that people don't bother trying to succeed if they can barely get by on welfare.

    I want fewer taxes and smaller government. I want the Second Amendment incorporated into the states. I want term limits, so that we don't have career politicians like Robert Byrd who have been in the Senate than Castro ran Cuba.

    I am totally against abortion, except when the choice is to abort the baby or the mother will die. In that situation only do I find it acceptable for the mother to make that choice. Call me a misogynist if you want, but I have a clearly defined religious belief that life begins after conception and abortion is murder. I recognize that if you do not share my religious belief that you do not consider abortion to be murder, and thus it becomes morally acceptable.

    There is one thing that Obama said that I *do* agree with: Kanye West is indeed a jackass.

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  • burnouttt

    burnouttt

    March 11, 2015, 8:24 am

    Why do Rush and Hannity spit lies and half truths every hour on their show?

    just this afternoon i was listening to rush in the car and he goes "Obama says the constitution is mostly *negative* rights - how could something that guarantees our life, liberty, and property, be construed as something *negative*."

    Obama is a professor and is was obviously talking about the difference between inalienable rights (negative rights) vs. entitlements (positive rights).

    I remember last week on hannity, he was making a big deal about how Obama wants to prioritize young people for the swine flu vaccine, while elderly people are most likely to die from the *flu* - this proves Obama doesn't care about health care for the elderly he just wants you to die since you didn't vote for him.

    Obviously a play on words. Elderly do die from the *flu*, but they're much less at risk of *swine flu* which hurts younger people more. Why does Hannity manipulate words to create more hatred against Obama?

    Also. do you believe that Rush and Hannity have gone off the deep end in their lunacy? How about half the GOP? Have they gone completely nuts? Some commentator said a few months back that "When Obama got elected, the Democrats moved right, and the Right moved to Mars." Do you think that characterizes any part of the GOP?

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  • gigamosh57

    gigamosh57

    March 10, 2015, 11:00 am

    Best answer yet is here:

    If you want to clean your system, the best way is to follow reallyman's advice [he's a nurse who posted this on reddit a couple weeks ago]

    The commercial stuff doesn't work. Trust me, I'm a nurse, I know about this stuff. Follow this plan.

    1. Stop smoking now! NOW!

    2. do mild exercise for up to 3 days prior to the test, at which point become very sedentary. The exercise will help eliminate cannabis metabolites from your fat cells. Becoming sedentary for a few days before will ensure that the metabolites are locked into the fat cells and having 3 days of non activity ensures that you will excrete metabolites put into your blood stream when you exercised.

    3. 3-4 days prior to test begin to load up on creatinine filled foods such as red meat. If you are a vegetarian, purchase creatinine supplements. Loading up on creatinine will raise your urine's specific gravity & creatinine levels, which will help hide the fact that you are adulterating the sample.

    4. Take a large dose of aspirin (around 1300mg or 4 regular Bayer aspirins) no more than 4 hours before the test. The aspirin will thin your blood thereby effecting how much metabolite is filtered into your urine by your kidneys.

    5. Begin to load up on water. A good rule of thumb is 32oz/hour. You will be voiding alot, but the constant urination will filter out the metabolites built up during sleep, and eventually your urine will be pretty much pure water, if your voiding clear urine this is a good sign, and will be taken care of in the next step. A word of caution, if you begin to feel sick from the water cut back on your intake.

    6. One hour prior to test take a large dose of B complex vitamins IMPORTANT: READ THE LABEL AND MAKE SURE THERE IS B2 (also known as RIBOFLAVIN) IN THE VITAMIN! A good brand to use is Solgar b-complex 50. Take 2 of these to ensure a good amount of B vitamin is in your system. B vitamins act to color your urine yellow, B2 has the largest effect on this.

    7. Go into the facility and take the test. When in the bathroom, make sure to urinate into the toilet first, catch the mid part of the stream for your sample and then urinate the rest out. (the beginning of any stream of urine will be the dirtiest, but by this point with the aspirin and h2o you shouldn't have to worry about that as much as taking a test without proper preparation)

    8. Relax and leave the facility, DO NOT TOKE UP AGAIN UNTIL YOU KNOW THE RESULTS OF THE TEST.

    9. Enjoy the job and when you're in the clear roll up a nice fatty for the Stoner turned nurse who helped you through this, unfortunately for me, its not just a job, its my nursing license on the line so smoking isn't an option.

    Reply

  • completesub

    completesub

    March 11, 2015, 5:24 am

    I think punishment was a poor word for it. It is more like training. It is a way for him to show me how I did wrong and for him to let out his considerable anger quickly and effectively.

    The difference in my mind from bdsm is that I do not crave it, and the few times that I have received it have not been fun bedroom games. I like being submissive and roughed up in bed, but it when comes to what I called "punishment," that is pure hurt and unpleasantness. It is very much like a parent spanking their child...no sexuality at all in it, at least for me.

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  • wetwater

    wetwater

    March 10, 2015, 6:41 pm

    Oh, I've been numbed many, many times. It's an amalgam mine in my mouth, unfortunately. Lately, however, it's been porcelain. I have a cleaning in a few weeks, and I'll go in, sit down, close my eyes, spit, rinse, and probably walk out with a new toothbrush and another appointment for another filling.

    Seems like most people I know either hate or fear the dentist, which makes me wonder what trauma they endured as a child in the chair. Also, a few have told me their dentists didn't numb them before drilling, which has always struck me as odd. They shudder when they hear the word dentist, and I basically doze through my appointments.

    My first dentist as a wee lad was great with kids, which I suppose had a lot to do with it.

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  • gnoah0

    gnoah0

    March 11, 2015, 8:11 am

    You're projecting. You've got this obsession with C somehow being a dinosaur that needs to be destroyed. I've already admitted that there were plenty of issues that its creators weren't satisfied with, but your lack of understanding of the design choices inherent to C and *unwillingness* to understand this choices is clouding your judgement.

    You're conflating(gotta love that word) the complexity of the GNU toolchain with the flaws of C as a language. Kenc or lcc are both extremely portable compilers whose code generation is quite easy to understand. These ease of writing a cross compiler in Kenc makes it especially attractive for getting code up on new embedded systems. Perhaps if you used them or looked at some historical C code(or modern for that matter, look at the plan 9 kernel).

    You misunderstood my argument, I argued that C tries to model the machine in the simplest way possible *for the implementor* as well as the programmer. Both the switch statement's fall through behavior and lack of booleans reflect this fact and were conscious decisions, whether you like them or not. Switch fall-through mimics the behavior of the branch tables that switch statements compile to. 0 as false and everything else true is just a BNZ instruction etc... Again, I'll put these statements down to lack of experience on your part.

    While you may not *like* these semantics but they're there for a reason. There's also a reason why C *doesn't* provide certain things as well(like the ability to handle various memory models, especially the 386, as you mentioned earlier). However your general obtuseness and unwillingness to learn the historical reasons for its design decisions will forever keep you from being able to grasp it.

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  • stibbons

    stibbons

    March 10, 2015, 10:59 am

    OK, maybe I should have clarified that we're currently in an information revolution. Sure our cars and our houses are the same. But we've been sticking to Moore's Law for nearly four decades now, which is a hell of a long time to be exponentially increasing our computing power, and it shows. Back in the 80s I would have believed that there'd soon be a time when reasonably powerful computing technology would not only fit in a cafe but could be easily carried in and out with you. I would have even believed I would be carrying a mobile phone. But if you tried to tell me that mobile phone would have a camera and GPS in it I would have laughed at you.

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  • otakucode

    otakucode

    March 10, 2015, 8:28 pm

    Yes, of course, Monsanto is one of the most evil organizations on the planet (in fact I do not know of any I would rank higher except perhaps one of the major religions). They produce tons and tons of organic food every day, alongside their GM products.

    The problem is that the message that spread in the UK was spread through emotional, rather than rational, means. People swallowed it without question. A LOT of false propaganda still circulates, stuff like the idea that they are splicing animal genomes into plants and the like, and it doesn't get questioned.

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  • bigdumbbear

    bigdumbbear

    March 10, 2015, 7:41 pm

    >It doesn't make an awful lot of sense that the US invaded Afghanistan when most the hijackers were Saudi Arabian.

    Here's the deal with this. The hijackers were Saudis. BUT, they were not backed by the Saudi government. In fact, Saudi Arabia itself has been attacked by Al Qaida quite a few times since 9/11. There have been countless encounters with Al-Qaida agents in Saudi Arabia, countless terror ring busts and number of casualties on both sides. The biggest terror bust netted some 200 individuals and shitload of weapons cache.

    Yes most of the hijackers were Saudis, but the government of SA had nothing to do with them. USA went after Bin Laden, who supposedly masterminded the attacks from Afghanistan. Retard-in-chief George Bush said hand over UBL or face war. The Aghan government (Taliban) refused. And the rest is history

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  • sotonohito

    sotonohito

    March 11, 2015, 6:39 am

    Yup. Portal one of the quintessential genre bending, plot driven, mindfuck kind of games.

    I say Majora's Mask is up there on the list for many of the same reasons. It isn't quite as blatantly genre bending as Portal, but in its own quiet way it does defy genre demands and add a level of gamer involvement that isn't there in many other games.

    You lose, really, all the time in Majora's Mask. Sure, you "accomplish" things, and then the moon gets too close, you warp back in time, and nothing you've "done" actually happened. All the problems you "solved" last time are back to where they were before, and worse, you quite literally can't fix everything, even if the moon didn't crash three days simply isn't enough time to do what needs to be done.

    Its a game that in its core mechanic forces you to **lose**, over and over again, in order to make any progress. If that isn't messed up enough for you I don't know what is.

    Its disquieting, actually. And for that reason you find that Majora's Mask is one of the least popular Zelda games out there.

    And, again, no nudity.

    Nudity doesn't particularly make a game less mature, but adding nudity isn't going to make games more mature automatically.

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  • bassalt

    bassalt

    March 11, 2015, 7:38 am

    Where does it end? If we allow random breathalyzer tests should we not also allow random searches of individuals on the street to look for drugs or weapons? Should we allow random inspections of your house to ensure you are not making bombs, growing marijuana, or engaging in other illegal activities? How about we enable police to access your computer without a warrant to ensure you aren’t downloading child pornography or MP3’s illegally? Those random checks may well save someone’s life…

    If the police have no reason to suspect me of drunk driving then I am entitled to be left alone.

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  • nothilaryy

    nothilaryy

    March 10, 2015, 5:59 pm

    I thought Nickelodeon was pretty much the work of the devil for the longest time. Only bad kids watched it and if you did you would grow up to have a horribly life. I got so scared when one of my friends turned on that show about the girl that can talk to animals one time... I almost cried because not only I was scared that she had been watching it, I saw some too so maybe I was going to be a bad kid now as well. I told my parents that I had thought that as a kid and they laughed at me and told me that I was kooky kid.

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  • shadowboxer47

    shadowboxer47

    March 10, 2015, 5:52 pm

    Those that I have met are pretty avidly *sola scriptura.*

    > I don't see how anyone can get around the Trinity after reading the consensus of the ante-Nicene church fathers.

    Honestly, I think it's a misunderstanding of the argument. If you believe the Trinity is simply a relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, then there is nothing to combat. There most certainly is a relationship and you would be dense to deny it--*especially* in the ante-Nicene fathers. However, if you're combating the traditional, dogmatic definition of what that relationship *is*, then I think there is grounds for contention.

    Theology is fun, innit?!

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  • INIT_6

    INIT_6

    March 11, 2015, 8:58 am

    As an ex drug dealer. I had lots of "friends". But I knew I only had 3 real friends. Everyone else I just didn't care if they were hanging out with me because they wanted easy access to drugs or if they really did want to be my friend. However, I would tell most of them that they weren't my friends but I like them and that they were cool to hang out with just don't think that you are my friend. It made it easier to defined my relationship with people so there was no confusion.

    I would suggest you just tell him how you want the relationship to be. I know it seems awkward but I guess for me it's not because i do it with everyone i know.

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  • gigamosh57

    gigamosh57

    March 10, 2015, 10:16 am

    If you want to clean your system, the best way is to follow reallyman's advice [he's a nurse who posted this on reddit a couple weeks ago]

    The commercial stuff doesn't work. Trust me, I'm a nurse, I know about this stuff. Follow this plan.

    1. Stop smoking now! NOW!

    2. do mild exercise for up to 3 days prior to the test, at which point become very sedentary. The exercise will help eliminate cannabis metabolites from your fat cells. Becoming sedentary for a few days before will ensure that the metabolites are locked into the fat cells and having 3 days of non activity ensures that you will excrete metabolites put into your blood stream when you exercised.

    3. 3-4 days prior to test begin to load up on creatinine filled foods such as red meat. If you are a vegetarian, purchase creatinine supplements. Loading up on creatinine will raise your urine's specific gravity & creatinine levels, which will help hide the fact that you are adulterating the sample.

    4. Take a large dose of aspirin (around 1300mg or 4 regular Bayer aspirins) no more than 4 hours before the test. The aspirin will thin your blood thereby effecting how much metabolite is filtered into your urine by your kidneys.

    5. Begin to load up on water. A good rule of thumb is 32oz/hour. You will be voiding alot, but the constant urination will filter out the metabolites built up during sleep, and eventually your urine will be pretty much pure water, if your voiding clear urine this is a good sign, and will be taken care of in the next step. A word of caution, if you begin to feel sick from the water cut back on your intake.

    6. One hour prior to test take a large dose of B complex vitamins IMPORTANT: READ THE LABEL AND MAKE SURE THERE IS B2 (also known as RIBOFLAVIN) IN THE VITAMIN! A good brand to use is Solgar b-complex 50. Take 2 of these to ensure a good amount of B vitamin is in your system. B vitamins act to color your urine yellow, B2 has the largest effect on this.

    7. Go into the facility and take the test. When in the bathroom, make sure to urinate into the toilet first, catch the mid part of the stream for your sample and then urinate the rest out. (the beginning of any stream of urine will be the dirtiest, but by this point with the aspirin and h2o you shouldn't have to worry about that as much as taking a test without proper preparation)

    8. Relax and leave the facility, DO NOT TOKE UP AGAIN UNTIL YOU KNOW THE RESULTS OF THE TEST.

    9. Enjoy the job and when you're in the clear roll up a nice fatty for the Stoner turned nurse who helped you through this, unfortunately for me, its not just a job, its my nursing license on the line so smoking isn't an option.

    Reply

  • summernot

    summernot

    March 10, 2015, 1:13 pm

    The Census Bureau data show that many of the "uninsured" are relatively affluent. Over 17.5 million -- 38 percent -- of the uninsured make more than $50,000 a year. And 9.1 million have an annual income of over $75,000 a year.

    Nearly 10 million uninsured aren't even U.S. citizens!

    Another 14 million of the uninsured are fully eligible for government assistance through programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.

    A 2008 study by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute showed that 70 percent of uninsured children are eligible for Medicaid, SCHIP, or both programs. And roughly 27 percent of non-elderly Americans who are eligible for Medicaid haven’t enrolled and simply live their lives without health insurance, according to the Urban Institute.

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  • fallenangel42

    fallenangel42

    March 10, 2015, 12:37 pm

    We use Blackboard at our university, mainly as a forum for interdepartmental notices and learning resources.

    While I agree the regulations are a little pointless, I also know that they will be very easy to follow, and will hardly take up any of your time - just do it, bitch about it if you must, but do it. Blackboard is an incredibly easy tool to use, and if you can't figure out how to copy/paste a parent thread and type your own name into a box you probably shouldn't be in higher education anyhow.

    If you are worried (as you say in another comment) that failure to do this may unfairly influence your final grade, then surely the solution is a simple one - just get on with it! Everyone is in the same boat, and grades are usualy banded across the yeargroup anyway, so actually any points lost through this system will likely even out anyway.

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  • thefugue

    thefugue

    March 11, 2015, 2:36 am

    >Exactly. Where is that money going? Corporations and companies that have landed huge contracts with the government.

    Where it all must be accounted for. That's different than just handing it out. It pays employees. I never thought I'd defend "job creation" as an idea, but there it is.

    >So? If wages are behind prices, then people making low wages are screwed.

    Then complain about wages. I'll be right there with you. They've been stagnant since the late 1970s, way behind inflation. That said, the inflation they're behind has nothing to do with the fed- in the 1980s, the USgov went on jihad against inflation and tried to get it to 0%- can't be done. You're going to have a small amount of creeping inflation no matter what you do. If I'm right it's because of wealth creation through labor, but I'm sure other people have other opinions. Nevertheless, it wasn't because of monetary policy.

    >Sure. I agree. The Federal Reserve existed, and thus, harmed the poor. (I am weary of claiming that the Fed's policy specifically aide the rich in general, but it does aide those receiving government funds near the top.)

    Nobody on welfare receives government funds? How about school teachers? How about college students? Librarians?

    >LOL. wtf? Now I know you haven't educated yourself on things counter to your arguments. If the counter-arguments to what you believe that you're reading involve some crazy conspiracy theory, then you aren't being intellectually honest.

    You're treating the fed's VERY EXISTENCE as though it has to serve one group of people. That's a conspiracy theory.

    >We have a fundamental disagreement here. I am a voluntaryist. (Meaning, there are many levels on which I find the statement "government's ability to respond to market crises" to be dubious.)

    Well then you're ignoring history and keen on having complete market control- I can't think of anything that favors the rich more explicitly than letting them have reign above democracy. The US government is the #1 consumer in the world- let alone here in the US (look it up). If you believe that consumer spending is the basis of our economic health than you should see the clear conclusion that through spending, the US government can help the economy.

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  • thepensivepoet

    thepensivepoet

    March 10, 2015, 3:25 pm

    Yeah... it sounds like he pulled each drum piece from a sample but they weren't all pulled at *JUST* the right point so some of the hits are slightly delayed and makes it seem really sloppy.

    And it is really hard to ignore mixing this bad...

    You also fucked the time signature on some of those little clips. Just because a particular section repeats itself perfectly doesn't mean it maintains the rhythm or time.

    I assume your dance music is attempting to keep to a steady 4/4 time... I would suggest queuing up a metronome track and mixing everything down to that. 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4. Variations are good but your timing HAS to stay locked in. Even if you have a cut with complete silence it should still come in on time. That's why, when a band goes silent, you still count 1, 2, 3, 4 and hear the band come back in on the 1.

    I'm not trying to be mean here, but your track kind of makes me feel like I'm having an aneurysm. The WAY clipped out mixing and the fact that the timing is all over the place is... well... bad. I'm assuming you don't have any other experience creating music, which isn't a bad thing, you just need to make sure you understand the fundamentals of music. Why things are the way they are. It isn't about being formulaic... you just have to understand why it's important that your time signature and tempo are locked in and your audio isn't clipping out.

    How did you create this? Cut/Paste in Audacity?

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  • temujin64

    temujin64

    March 11, 2015, 8:07 am

    What I believe the main issue to be is that many of the atheists associated with r/atheism are vigorous in their opinions as a backlash to the malicious nature of religion in the USA. Over here in Europe, we're a bit more placid about these things, whether we're members of a religion or not and religion, when it comes to politics, is more or less irrelevant. It's just that the heightened sensitivity across the pond is unfamiliar to me and as a result, my reaction is a result of a sense of surprise to the subject within the American context.

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  • snotboogie

    snotboogie

    March 11, 2015, 7:00 am

    I like:

    * Girls that are comfortable with their bodies

    * Active participation, I've had sex with a few people that just didn't help out much and it sucked.

    * Feedback, specifically audio feedback, if it feels good make some porn moans, it turns us on.

    * A little dirty talk, nothing over the top, but you know....dirty talk

    * Touching my dick with your hands or mouth, don't act like its some weird thing you don't know what to do with

    * Good kissing, there isn't a specific recipe here, but I know it when I feel it.

    * I personally like it when a girl takes her own clothes off, it lets me know she's into it.

    * COMMUNICATION, let me know if you want something specific, I'll do it.

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  • bingcognito

    bingcognito

    March 11, 2015, 4:46 am

    >Why do funny conservative comedians simply not exist?

    My theory: conservatives are (generally) unimaginative, dogmatic, and arrogant, while liberals are (generally) creative, thoughtful, and humble (Hollywood aside). Basically, mean-spirited lowbrow vs. self-deprecating high-brow.

    Perfect example: Dennis Miller. He's always been a conservative, but when he was a moderate, he was hilarious (debatable of course, but I liked him) and successful. After he drifted sharply to the right, his act stunk on ice and his career went in the toilet.

    That's my theory anyway. Downvote away, conservatives.

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  • sardinski

    sardinski

    March 10, 2015, 9:47 pm

    Israel is a fascist country, and it IS RELIANT on the US dollar, in the form of foreign aid (aka "blackmail" or "extortion"). Without US aid, Israel would collapse much sooner than it will already.

    Israel has 4 or 5 submarines that are equipped with nuclear cruise missiles. This force is a direct threat to the US. Why do you think Obama (and every other US President) has been such a pussy towards Israel?

    Regarding some of your other claims: you're wrong again. Israel would certainly nuke the Palestinians if a) they thought they could get away with it; and b) they weren't concerned about the fallout drifting onto them.

    As far as "hesitation" about wiping them out is concerned, they try to slightly more clever than Hitler in carrying out their Final Solution. Hence, they carry out massacres at opportune moments (Gaza) or claim it wasn't them, even though they directed it (Sabra and Shatila).

    Israel is seen as the biggest problem in the region because:

    a) It's an illegitimate colonial state, founded by European Jewish supremacist invaders.

    b) Their nuclear weapons threaten the region.

    c) They have repeatedly attacked surrounding countries in the region.

    d) They are racists, thieves and killers.

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  • thepensivepoet

    thepensivepoet

    March 10, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Sounds an awful lot like Hell's Kitchen.

    I watch it knowing full well that it is probably 70% producing, 30% legitimate competition... but there are some people who you know are obviously just kept because they're either really aggravating to watch or they're really funny/personable on the confessional cams.

    If you have any contacts or talk to anyone from Hell's Kitchen... was that Joseph guy a plant or what? He pretty much exploded the first time Ramsay talked to him. Either he was just there to get those FIGHT!FIGHT!FIGHT! soundbytes or they did a good job of editing around the fact that he was a complete psychopath.

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  • samfoo

    samfoo

    March 10, 2015, 11:07 pm

    * Have you ever traveled outside of the US (I'm assuming you're american)? Where?

    * Where are you from originally?

    * Are you in college? What are you studying?

    * Do you believe abortion should be illegal?

    * Do you believe government has a place in healthcare?

    * Do you believe the market has done a good job regulating itself in the following industries: telecom, banking, healthcare? If not, what role does government have in this?

    I have more, but it's hard to ask questions when you haven't really put your own opinions out there more.

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  • Seachicken

    Seachicken

    March 10, 2015, 6:30 am

    >Ask anyone about how the law treats politicians, police officers and judges, and you won't hear many who have kind things to say about the law treating people equally.

    Yes, but this is an argument for reforming the law to treat those groups in a more just manner, not letting Polanski get away with similar unequal treatment. Even though there are still gross inequalities in the law, and there has been a downward shift since the 70s, overall Western legal systems are becoming more just and equitable. The best way to keep this upward trend going is not to give up and say the law is failing miserably, but rather to small piece by small piece, push for reform and improvements.

    >This is a part of why we have juries - not only to decide guilt when guilt is in question, but because often the situations surrounding a crime are too complex to have rules set in stone

    Juries still have to act within the letter of the law, and the law demands some sort of consistency in the application of punishments. This also didn't really address my follow up points, with the specific case of serious crimes where the offender has fled the country, how do we create a consistent set of standards that are practicable within our system of law and meet the purposes of punishment? Given that releasing Polanski would set a precedent, reasonable standards must be established for under what circumstances we would allow future serious offenders who have fled the country to be acquitted.

    >In a less revenge-obsessed society, Polanski would be performing some sort of community service, something to give back to a society he has hurt, perhaps alongside a more direct compensation for his victim. But tossing him into prison does nothing to help anyone at this point. In fact, by making him an unwilling ward of the state, we hurt ourselves by paying for his imprisonment.

    The sad thing is that if this topic were on a multitude of other crimes, I would be in total agreement with you, I just think drugging and raping an underage minor and then illegally fleeing the country is a serious enough crime to warrant prison, for both the purposes of creating a deterrent, having justice seen to be done and treating all offenders consistently before the law.

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