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Oct 21, 2016, 12:34 PM
 
Jeez, the immaturity and stupidity abounds. Reminds me of the intolerant fools who are afraid of words.
     
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Oct 21, 2016, 12:50 PM
 
There have been threats made against schools etc by people posing as clowns. It's creepy and stupid and 99% probable to be a stupid hoax, but there you go.
     
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Oct 24, 2016, 04:02 AM
 
Another stupid study alert.

Heading footballs 'affects memory' - BBC News

"Researchers said they had identified "small but significant changes in brain function" after players headed the ball 20 times."

Probably involved thousands if not millions of dollars that went into this "study."
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Oct 24, 2016, 04:49 AM
 
That's better than the $$ spent on sociology and the other soft sciences.
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Oct 24, 2016, 05:22 AM
 
Originally Posted by Cap'n Tightpants View Post
The amount of abuse they receive is unique, no one is hated more in prison, and all that does is cripple society at its core.
This seems oddly put. I assume you mean that 'prison justice' is damaging to society and not that child molesters are the core of society?
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Oct 24, 2016, 05:50 AM
 


Any time someone is abused to that extreme, even if you feel they "deserve it", everyone involved is dehumanized.
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Oct 24, 2016, 08:38 AM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
"small but significant changes in brain function"
That's ridiculous, I even remember the last time it happened!
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Oct 24, 2016, 11:56 AM
 
One of our kids may get expelled from school for smoking in the bathroom. For real? That's excessive, don't you think? When I was that age we only received a paddling and maybe detention.
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Oct 24, 2016, 02:40 PM
 
How many other priors?
     
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Oct 24, 2016, 03:18 PM
 
Perhaps they mistook his hookah for a "fancy crack pipe".

     
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
How many other priors?
None, they have a "zero tolerance" policy against tobacco products, it seems (it isn't in the school handbook like the other rules). We talked them into another chance for him, we argued he didn't know the severity of it (which is true) but he's still getting detention for a month.
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Oct 25, 2016, 05:11 AM
 
Zero tolerance, and secret rules. What a learning experience.

When did "tolerance" become a bad word? When I was a kid, I was taught tolerance is one of the better human qualities.
     
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Oct 25, 2016, 05:14 AM
 
OK, I feel pain for the four killed but this quote:

"All sustained injuries that were incompatible with living,"

Who says this? Is this an Aussie way of saying that the 4 people died on the ride?

Four killed in accident on Dreamworld's Thunder River Rapids ride
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Oct 25, 2016, 05:48 AM
 
The handbook says that tobacco products are "prohibited" on school grounds, but no punishment is given and nothing is said about "zero tolerance". I think it's a pretty harsh way to treat a first offender, especially an orphan who's been abused most of his life and already has severe abandonment issues.
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Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Zero tolerance, and secret rules. What a learning experience.

When did "tolerance" become a bad word? When I was a kid, I was taught tolerance is one of the better human qualities.
I think at some point in the 90s tolerance was equated with coddling or a lack of seriousness. They wrongfully assumed zero tolerance would convey their seriousness.
     
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Oct 25, 2016, 10:31 AM
 
For cigarettes a month detention is crazy harsh. At my school getting in a fight only got you 3 days. Maybe they are looking for excuses to kick him out.
     
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Oct 25, 2016, 05:09 PM
 
They introduced zero tolerance, instant expulsion for drugs when I was still at school. Even for pot. Smoking was your standard detention or whatever if you were caught on school grounds. I recall one chap getting caught and let off because he was old enough to legally smoke, he wasn't smoking at the time and his packet was unopened. That was one frustrated teacher.
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It's abject stupidity like this on the part of government officials that brings out my "inner Republican" ...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A massive recall has been issued for barbecue cooked at this past weekend's American Royal at Kansas Speedway.

Volunteers collected thousands of pounds of what they call “perfectly good barbecue” from the annual event to feed the hungry. But when Kansas City health inspectors found it, they threw it in the garbage.


Harvesters Community Food Network said a labeling error led to the issue, but didn't elaborate on how it occurred.

A Kansas City Health Department food inspector uncovered the issue during an annual inspection Wednesday at Hope City, which had just received it's shipment of barbecue from American Royal.

“It was the whole gamut, if you can think of the most magnificent barbecue spread that’s what we threw away yesterday by the hundreds of pounds,” Hope City Associate Director Bill Durkes said.

For five years now Kookers Kare, a group of barbecue chefs with hearts as big as their stomachs, has worked with Harvesters to collect the extra food not turned over to judges at the competition. This year that was more than 3,000 pounds of meat, and 1,200 pounds of sides.

The organization's president, Gary Denham, said they had a refrigerated truck at American Royal, and his team of food safety experts only collected food that was either piping hot or ice cold.

It’s then distributed to ministries with food kitchens like Hope City on Kansas City’s East side.

“Everyone out there is like all right we are going to eat. Beans, potatoes, brisket, burnt ends, ribs, it’s awesome,” Durkes said.

But when Kansas City health inspectors showed up just as they were about to pass out the food to 150 hungry and needy recipients, the inspector ordered about 700 pounds of barbecue to be thrown out. It was then covered in bleach to make sure no one tried to get it out of the dumpster.

“They were expecting lunch and for it to be a really good lunch and just having it taken away it was a bummer, we were all bummed out,” Durkes said.

Health officials say the food was destroyed because it wasn’t from a permitted establishment, and they couldn’t track where the food had been. Therefore, they couldn’t ensure it’s safety.

Denham said if health inspectors had any questions they should have just asked. Instead hundreds already went hungry, and it appears as many as 3,000 people won’t get meals as a result of the recall.
Hundreds of pounds of American Royal barbecue intended for needy bleached and thrown in dumpster | fox4kc.com

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Nov 12, 2016, 02:13 PM
 
Exactly what the homeless need. Protection from fresh BBQ.
     
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Nov 13, 2016, 12:23 PM
 
Is this the right spot for South Korea's answer to Rasputin?
     
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Nov 14, 2016, 10:01 AM
 
Just flew back from AZ, boy are my arms tired.
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Nov 14, 2016, 11:56 AM
 
Thats why you can't get a good glass of lemonade from a kiddie stand anymore.
     
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Nov 14, 2016, 12:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by BadKosh View Post
Thats why you can't get a good glass of lemonade from a kiddie stand anymore.
Maybe some Ice T instead?
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Nov 14, 2016, 03:28 PM
 
The kids up the street from the garage have an amazing lemonade/tea stand, it's first class with 24oz styrofoam cups, crushed ice, lids, and long straws. Some of the best I've ever had, and for only a buck. Unless it's raining they're out there 12 hours /day, often with a line of customers. Gotta admire their work ethic.
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Dec 12, 2016, 06:01 PM
 
It couldn't wait

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Originally Posted by And.reg View Post
It couldn't wait]
It looks like he/she is peeing green fluids...
     
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Dec 20, 2016, 08:06 PM
 
Afghan hostage couple decry 'Kafkaesque nightmare' - BBC News

The couple were abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 during a camping trip, while she was pregnant.
Why would anyone go to Afghanistan during this time? Why would anyone go when pregnant? Idiots.
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I have two observations about this.

1. And website publishers wonder why people are increasingly using ad-blockers.

2. How did this ad which literally takes up HALF the browser window get past Ad-Block Plus in the first place?



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Jan 19, 2017, 03:03 AM
 
Now, I'm faced with the issue with websites noticing that I have an ad blocker and requesting me to turn it off. Sometimes it is merely a request and other times, I cannot view the website at all with the ad blocker on.
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Now, I'm faced with the issue with websites noticing that I have an ad blocker and requesting me to turn it off. Sometimes it is merely a request and other times, I cannot view the website at all with the ad blocker on.
LA Times started doing this. Pinko commie rag.
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I have two observations about this.

1. And website publishers wonder why people are increasingly using ad-blockers.

2. How did this ad which literally takes up HALF the browser window get past Ad-Block Plus in the first place?
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Now, I'm faced with the issue with websites noticing that I have an ad blocker and requesting me to turn it off. Sometimes it is merely a request and other times, I cannot view the website at all with the ad blocker on.
I get that as well. And if it's a site that I rarely visit that uses annoying ads then whatever. I just won't visit their site. But if it's a site that I frequent and the ads are reasonable then I'll gladly whitelist them.

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LA Times started doing this. Pinko commie rag.
Er, that's capitalism.
     
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Now, I'm faced with the issue with websites noticing that I have an ad blocker and requesting me to turn it off. Sometimes it is merely a request and other times, I cannot view the website at all with the ad blocker on.
Most times, I'm fine with not viewing the page. Bild does this - a conservative yellow-press tabloid. Who cares?
     
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Jan 20, 2017, 06:50 AM
 
So it's annoying when they block you from viewing the site, but honestly... what is the endgame here, for users or publishers? If we all start blocking ads, that is the same as the publishers selling no ads, which will mean no free content on the web. Then everyone loses. The only situation that I think everyone could accept is a reasonable amount of ads, nothing that covers the page or takes up too much bandwidth, but how do we get to there? If a publisher starts going down the path of sane ads, they see no immediate benefit from it, because the people who are blocking the ads don't notice any difference.

This is why the "acceptable ads" thing, generally seen as scummy, is at least a way forward, because it lets publishers move towards less annoying ads and still get some revenue - and in the end, move everyone to better ads for the same revenue. It is despicable that they charge for inclusion, but it is at least an attempt to let the ecosystem survive long term. The problem with it is that Outbrain and Taboola (those "from around the web" things with clickbaity articles) are always included in acceptable ads, and I hate them with a passion, so I occasionally turn off even that setting. Yes, I am part of the problem, and I know it.

This is why adblockers are a harder problem to solve than piracy, because for piracy there was always an endgame - sell the content widely and price it fairly, and piracy will disappear by itself - but there isn't a path there for publishers.
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Jan 20, 2017, 08:54 AM
 
WOW! DC is a clusterfuque getting around today! We contractors don't get today off. Govies do.
     
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WOW! DC is a clusterfuque getting around today! We contractors don't get today off. Govies do.
Surprising given that hardly anyone turned up.
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Please keep the thread out of PWL territory.
The derail continues over here.
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bomb threat at my kid's school at noontime. Stupid hackers.
     
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What happened?
     
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evacuation, kids standing out in cold for an hour, some people picked up their kids. 4 other schools too, not sure just MA.

Happened in other schools in MA last January, turned out it was hackers coding robocalls. Not sure they ever caught them, or if this is some kind of coding rite of passage.
     
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Weird.
     
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Just heard one happened here, too.
     
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Feb 4, 2017, 09:47 PM
 
I heard that bacon has its own ticker symbol on the NYSE.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/b...tage.html?_r=0
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I almost never eat what is considered as western bacon. I always prefer eating sausage when given the chance.
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Bacon has a lower standard deviation.
     
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Originally Posted by And.reg View Post
I heard that bacon has its own ticker symbol on the NYSE.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/b...tage.html?_r=0
I believe that this is mentioned in passing in Trading Places.
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I always thought it was pork bellies.


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