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Dan Connor Arrested At Philadelphia Airport: Police Spokeswoman Says Giants Linebacker Released

Dan Connor Arrested At Philadelphia Airport: Police Spokeswoman Says Giants Linebacker Released

Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 15:03:32 in Sports

“ha ha.......yes, but we both read about it anyway”

keramos on Jul 8, 2013 at 17:38:17

“grrrrrrrr

made us look! 

It's like being caught at reading the covers of those mags at the checkout counters in the grocery stores.”
An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 21:12:54 in UK Politics

“Ok. What I do get is that you are very sarcastic and arrogant individual. What you do not get is that your "ït's illegal"argument shoots yourself in the foot if not in the mouth. Is it not illegal to promote homosexuality in Russia now?. So by that logic there is no difference is there. You just refuse to understand my point and it is boring to have to repeat myself. You would do well to go back and re-read what I am saying. In the meantime I accept that in your opinion you think the USA has more freedoms than Russia. From the point of view of a homosexual who sees the politics of homosexuality as the most important of all issues you may be right. But from the point of view of freedom in general I happen to disagree and I have tried hard to explain to you that the USA is very clever at hiding it's big repressions by conceding token freedoms.”
An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

Commented Aug 8, 2013 at 16:11:07 in UK Politics

“I think your "love the USA" blinkers are too fixed on your head to further this debate. If you wish to believe you have freedom in the USA no matter what evidence is out there then there does not seem much I can do to change your view. I will only go on to say once again that that is what I described as the insidious and more subtle form of American repression. Manning and Snowden undertook acts of service to real freedom with enormous sacrifice to their own well being. You can only see that they did something illegal. Sad.”

MacHawk on Aug 11, 2013 at 21:12:54

“Ok. What I do get is that you are very sarcastic and arrogant individual. What you do not get is that your "ït's illegal"argument shoots yourself in the foot if not in the mouth. Is it not illegal to promote homosexuality in Russia now?. So by that logic there is no difference is there. You just refuse to understand my point and it is boring to have to repeat myself. You would do well to go back and re-read what I am saying. In the meantime I accept that in your opinion you think the USA has more freedoms than Russia. From the point of view of a homosexual who sees the politics of homosexuality as the most important of all issues you may be right. But from the point of view of freedom in general I happen to disagree and I have tried hard to explain to you that the USA is very clever at hiding it's big repressions by conceding token freedoms.”

Blackfish1 on Aug 9, 2013 at 21:59:09

“Awww..you're funny.:) I'm Canadian, so the 'love the USA' blinkers aren't nearly as present as you'd like to believe. But you're adorable when you try and pigeonhole me like that. Do it again!

If you read carefully (try it...it's fun!) you'll notice that I wasn't condemning Manning and Snowden. What I did say was that what they did was considered illegal in (correct me if I'm wrong) nearly every country on earth. That's pretty inarguable. And thus (follow me on this one....) it is in no way comparable to the repression and persecution of LGBT activists, persons, etc., in Russia, *which was the entire point of the original article* (reread that, too. It's fun!)

So yes. The freedoms in the USA are, as such, greater than those in Russia. By leaps and bounds. I know it's amusing to think that the erosion of civil rights in the US (which I don't deny have occurred) is somehow comparable if not worse, but it simply doesn't hold up to fact. It just furthers the narrative that fuels your outrage. You can be outraged, of course, and there are things to be outraged about. But just stay on topic. This is about Russia's persecution of a specific minority. if you want a soap box for other issues, go comment on a different article.”
An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

Commented Aug 8, 2013 at 08:37:52 in UK Politics

“You still the miss the point. I am not, nor have I ever suggested that no action nor form of protest be taken against Russia . On the contrary, I agree it should. My point is that regarding the Winter Olympics, which is the subject of this discussion, I believe it would be incredibly hypocritical for Russia to be excluded from hosing the event and that countries such as the USA should be suggested as an alternative when there list of global atrocities is fairly onerous to say the least. Your point about your childhood arguments with your brother is simply not relevant to my argument and should be taken up with your brother instead.”
An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 20:21:24 in UK Politics

“That is a very silly statement. The issue being discussed is that Russia should be banned from hosting the Winter Olympics. That is not solving an issue, it is a suggested means of forcing an issue. The point is, why should Russia and not the USA be excluded when the USA has a long list of atrocities committed and still being committed against humanity. I am sure the Russian people would not miss the hypocrisy.”

RichardAaronD on Aug 7, 2013 at 21:40:29

“No, actually, I think Russia being banned from hosting the Olympics is simply a stepping stone towards addressing the actual issue - equal rights for LGBTs worldwide. Its not forcing an issue by any stretch, its a step in the right direction.

To answer your question superficially - because LGBT issues are very public at the moment and perhaps the solution is easier to reach. I don't know enough about the american atrocities to comment in depth.

But your statement reminds me of myself as a child, arguing with my brother 'why should I stop when he's doing this?'... my mother's answer was always simply 'somebody has to stop first.' I don't think there's a nation in the world in which atrocities of some kind aren't being committed.

If you feel strongly enough, go write a letter to the organising committee stating your beliefs. That's what Stephen Fry has done, and I stand by him.”
An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 20:12:12 in UK Politics

“That is not the point. The point is simply that Russia, does not deserve anymore than the USA to be excluded from International sporting events. I am not a fan of Putin anymore than I am a fan of 90% of international leaders but why should Russia be excluded when the USA is actively participating in atrocities against humanity?”
An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 18:56:12 in UK Politics

“Are you insinuating, Blackfish1, that dissent in the USA is not suppressed. Did you ask Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden or the protestors in Wisconsin or any of many thousands in the US who crossed the line from "harmless dissent of no impact" to "dissent that actually threatens "our"(corporate/government) interests".
Yes, the Russians and others suppress dissent in a perhaps non too subtle way but the US most certainly does it in a cleverer and insidious form.
Regarding the "Games", Blackfish1, do you think the treatment of homosexuals in Russia is more of an outrage against minorities than the treatment of murdered children in Yemen? Is it because Russian homosexuals are gay and white while children in Yemen are not gay and Arab?”

Blackfish1 on Aug 8, 2013 at 15:23:07

“If you want to try and compare Manning and Snowden, both of whom revealed classfied information, which in pretty much every country on earth is considered a crime, to it being illegal to discuss or promote homosexuality publicly, then go ahead. However, it is a shockingly weak argument comparing two events utterly unrelated or remotely similar.
I'm not defending the US actions in these cases.  But the fact remains a very specific minority is being singled out, much as the Jews were in Germany, as undesirable.  They are beaten and imprisoned with impunity.  Mere public discourse about it is forbidden.  Is that at all comparable to anything going on in the US, really?  Can you not walk down the street waving a sign saying the US is Corporate Fascist state?  Of course you can.  Try doing that with a Rainbow flag in Russia.  
This protest is about the direct persecution of LGBT people.  Violent, pervasive persecution. Don't pettifog the issue.  Deal with that aspect.
As to your second point, what murdered children in Yemen are you talking about?  From Drone strikes?  How is that related to LGBT persecution in Russia?  Are these connected?  WHy are you trying to (unsuccessfully) imply that I am a racist because I happen to post concern for the persecution of LGBT people in Russia?   Do I need to meet your level of outrage on a previously undisclosed list of other issues before I can be concerned about this?  if so, please publish this”
It's Time to Scalp the Washington Redskins' Nickname

It's Time to Scalp the Washington Redskins' Nickname

Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 14:18:30 in Sports

“The answer is that scalping was practised by ancient Persians, by most Germanic tribes in Roman times (very popular with the Anglo Saxons), by some Native American tribes and by the White Americans who (surprise, surprise !!), commercialised the practise.

From Wikipedia,
Massachusetts created a scalp bounty during King William's War in July 1689.[11] During Queen Anne's War, by 1703, the Massachusetts Bay Colony was offering $60 for each native scalp.[12] During Father Rale's War (1722–1725), on August 8, 1722, Massachusetts put a bounty on native families.[13] Ranger John Lovewell is known to have conducted scalp-hunting expeditions, the most famous being the Battle of Pequawket in New Hampshire.[citation needed]

During King George's War, in response to repeated massacres of British families by the French and their native allies, Governor of Massachusetts William Shirley reluctantly issued a bounty for the scalps of Indian men, women, and children (1744).[14]”
It's Time to Scalp the Washington Redskins' Nickname

It's Time to Scalp the Washington Redskins' Nickname

Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 14:06:47 in Sports

“I was given to understand that scalping was a practise copied by just a couple of Native Indian tribes in imitation of what white soldiers were doing to them. I also understood that the original "scalping" as practised by Indians was just cutting the hair (without the skin).Hmmm, better google it.”
It's Time to Scalp the Washington Redskins' Nickname

It's Time to Scalp the Washington Redskins' Nickname

Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 13:57:38 in Sports

“Oh please. Look, compared to most NFL followers I am about as left leaning as it gets but this is taking political correctness to an extreme. One of my fav. books is "Bury My heart at Wounded Knee" and i was crying throughout. I have the utmost respect and love of American Indian culture and a horror of what the white population has done to them. But. I am descended from Vikings and Vikings have probably the most fearsome and blood thirsty reputations in all of history - at least up there with Genghis Khan and his hordes. The fact that the majority of Vikings were peaceful farmers, fishermen and traders gets a bit lost in the tales. So what do we do about the Minnesota Vikings - change their name to the Minnesota "Sailors" ? The Raiders to the "Children of God"......please. And as a horse breeder and lover I could object to the name the "Broncos" which gives horses an unfairly fearsome reputation. Actually, considering the sheer numerical amount of killing that has ever been undertaken by any one race in the history of humanity I would say the "Patriots" top the cake in fearsome names.”
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The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 15:02:56 in Science

“Yes. That was exactly the point of my story. Hope you found it interesting.”
<i>Game of Thrones</i>: Who Is Daenerys Targaryen and Will She Live Until Book Seven?

Game of Thrones: Who Is Daenerys Targaryen and Will She Live Until Book Seven?

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 08:19:22 in TV

“ohhhh, scary, a keyboard thug/monster making threats !!!!........if you do not want time wasters to invade your space a word of advice - do not comment on blogs that chat about things that never happened as though it has some actual relevance to life”

uhavenoface on Jun 25, 2013 at 08:58:45

“threats? good grief. you are insane.”
<i>Game of Thrones</i>: Who Is Daenerys Targaryen and Will She Live Until Book Seven?

Game of Thrones: Who Is Daenerys Targaryen and Will She Live Until Book Seven?

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 08:17:51 in TV

“ooohhhh, scary, a keyboard thug/monster making threats !!!!........if you do not want time wasters to invade your space a word of advice - do not comment on blogs that chat about things that never happened as though it has some actual relevance to life”
huffingtonpost entry

The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 06:53:20 in Science

“"Given earth like gravity". Exactly. Yet we know that this earth does not have regular seasons either which has been cleverly explained by other commentators here as being possibly caused by a different tilt or an irregular wobble caused by the effect of gravity from a nearby planet. So why would this earth have the same laws of physics as ours?”
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The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 06:49:33 in Science

“Your problem is that the author, and many of her readers here, do not have a problem with her having some fun with the "science" meeting fantasy for entertainment's sake. Then we can have some fun mixing science with fantasy also.”
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The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 06:46:37 in Science

“Cerseis firstborn had black hair. He died. She recounts the story to Catelyn while sitting with her in Bran's room. If you know a bit about the genetics of color then you would know if the first born was a black then it is highly likely that the remaining get will be also. Esepecially if you discover that Robert has left a brood of black haired children throughout the whorehouses of King's landing. some of whose mothers were blond.”
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The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 06:29:04 in Science

“apologies - said much the same thing - your comment was not displayed”
huffingtonpost entry

The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 06:25:40 in Science

“You seriously had nothing better to do than read and then comment negatively on an article which held no interest for you. Why do you people bother ?”
huffingtonpost entry

The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 06:23:19 in Science

“She said she did have sex with him as soon as she knew she may be pregnant so he would be deceived into thinking it was his child. Her first born was a dark haired child of Roberts (Cerseis own words), hence the raising of suspicions by John Arryn and later Ned Stark. If all of Roberts get had dark hair aside from the three children of Cersei, including Cerseis firstborn it is quite scientifically reasonable to suspect that her surviving children were not Robert's get.”
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The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 06:15:55 in Science

“So now for the Wall. Now really. Your debunking of the science is simply not relevant. The wall was built by Giants and held in place by magic FCS. Furthermore it can be destroyed by a single blast from the Horn of Jorrahman or however you spell his name. So until you research the capacity of Giants building techniques and until you find the Horn of Jo, you have no scientific base to work from.”
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The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 06:08:19 in Science

“Oh yes, I loved the Silmarillion too. And I am loving ASOIAF as much or even more than LOR. I do understand that GRRM is working on his own "Silmarillion" for "A Song of Ice and Fire". Can't wait.”
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The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 06:04:22 in Science

“Voodoo dolls, curses and the like can and do work in tandem with belief emanating from the intended victim. That is why in the practise of Macumba in Brazil it is important that the intended victim is fully aware of the curse. I will tell you a story. I had a Brazilian lover who upon the recommendation of a friend went to see a powerful magician. At the point of him sacrificing a goat on her behalf she made him promise that he would not do the goat sacrifice. So he did it without her seeing and without telling her. When later she saw the sacrificed goat she refused to pay him whereupon he cursed her that she would break both her legs in a car accident. Her friend, when hearing about the incident, begged her to pay him. She refused. two days later the friend borrowed her car, had an accident and broke both of her legs.”

ycplum on Jun 25, 2013 at 09:32:11

“Could it be that the fatal connection was that her friend believed?”
huffingtonpost entry

The Science in Game of Thrones

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 05:52:45 in Science

“As an ex horse breeder you have made a hash of your "scientific" debunking of the hair colors - well, the base science was OK but when you related it to the King's spawn you messed it up. Firstly, with inbreeding (we horse breeders call it line breeding) of two blondes the likelihood of begetting three blond children is very high. Secondly, if Robert B does have a dominant black haired gene, the likelihood of him begetting only dark haired children is also very high. Thirdly, we know from the story that his only child from Cersei (the first child died) had dark hair. There is nothing in the story to say that he had a blond parent but we do know that the Baratheons were originally a bastard line descended from the Targaryeans - hence Robert's claim to the throne once all the Targs had been "wiped out". Hence Robert's fanaticism in killing off any surviving Trag. Hence Ned not wanting to discuss with Robert the matter of who Jon Snow's mother was. Anyway, to cut to the chase, after several centuries of breeding down at Storms End, it is quite possible for the Targaryean blond gene to have been effectively bred out.”
<i>Game of Thrones</i>: Who Is Daenerys Targaryen and Will She Live Until Book Seven?

Game of Thrones: Who Is Daenerys Targaryen and Will She Live Until Book Seven?

Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 15:40:26 in TV

“Most serious GOT/SOIAF fans think this also. We will soon discover I suspect that Melissandre also discovers (if she has not already) that Jon and not Stannis is the bearer of the sword foretold. After the end of book 5 it would seem he is in serious need of some healing powers.”
<i>Game of Thrones</i>: Who Is Daenerys Targaryen and Will She Live Until Book Seven?

Game of Thrones: Who Is Daenerys Targaryen and Will She Live Until Book Seven?

Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 15:36:58 in TV

“I am enjoying both but the book is still tops for me though I do not mind some of the films alterations given the extra constraints.”

uhavenoface on Jun 24, 2013 at 20:46:31

“okay? i mean seriously did you just reply to a months' old comment with "yeah like totally i agree but then i disagree" non-stance-taking gibberish? i mean good for you, you enjoy things, but none of that was worth a second of the time i spent reading your reply.”
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