“absolutely, it's multifaceted and complicated, but it was just refreshing to hear an opinion that realizes that all situations are like that. Most people never ask the 2 most important questions when trying to decipher the "news"we see on the net... especially this site in particular (or so it seemed before your post):
-How do you know what you know (original article author)?
-Who has something to gain from this "story" getting attention?
Those 2 questions make finding any sort of truth difficult,,, when all we seem to have access to anymore is commercialized, agenda-based and funded, infotainment.”
Helloise on Mar 31, 2014 at 20:19:44
“Yes, it's especially ironic that we live in a society where we are bombarded with media and information 24/7 and yet if one wants to get anywhere close to the "truth", or at least exposure to the complexity of any given situation or topic, one has to work pretty darn hard to learn enough to begin to consider oneself "informed". ”
“I stopped posting a while back....that post brought me back, Lynn.
I'm ambivalent when it comes to Crimea,
1. Putin may have Al Capone-like attributes.
2. Crimea is very important to Russia from a strategic-basis.
2. Crimea is part of the old Soviet Block
3. Crimea has hosted a large navel base for Russia even as part of Ukraine.
4. Crimea has a large Russian speaking, (ethnic Slav?) population.
I know this may seem off the wall but I imagine what the US would do if say Texas were to succeed from the US and then years later have a civil war. Wouldn't the US feel a responsibility to step in...whether it be "for the welfare of the people" or the oil.... I imagine the US reaction would be the same. That doesn't legitimize anything by the way, in either disputed/occupied territories, just because the US would do it, certainly doesn't make it just or right.”
Helloise on Mar 31, 2014 at 17:51:14
“I hear you, Sam and don't disagree with most of your points. It's much more complicated than it is being presented and I only used it as an example to point out what I see as a double standard coming from the neo con set, many of whom are ardent about Israel and refuse to acknowledge any other perspective than theirs when it comes to rights or legitimacy. ”
“Who can blame them? There is so much money being thrown around, it's understandable they'd want in on some Citizen's United dough. They are cashing in on a site that has been irrelevant since Obama was elected, and it's probably not going anywhere after this election cycle either. Take the techno-muppets money, sell their conservative nonsense to non-existent viewers, and laugh all the way to the bank knowing that they spent a lot of money on nothing.”
“HEY NOW Huffpost, you know I love you; but, how about you give Howard some occasional credit in your headlines. Seems only fair since you take stories from his show at least once a week.
Since most people don't read past the headline, it's borderline plagiarism. Howard knows you're doing it, and you do not want to make Stern and his fans mad. Trust me, it will not end well (although it would be highly entertaining).”
mabinog on Oct 12, 2012 at 16:48:48
“wow, dude, get a life man before Howie gets a restraining order.”
“It's not really your money... its Uncle Sam's dough to squander in any way he chooses. Because you may make more than some and carry a higher burden doesn't mean suddenly you have the option to decide where that money goes. Unless you get into politics or lobbying.... then it's a different story..”
“It really is sad that nobody at the school intervened; but, today, it all comes down to fear of litigation. It's the what-if scenarios or unintended consequences that teachers and administrators have to constantly be concerned with. What if the child has an allergic reaction to the sunscreen? What if a teacher applies sunscreen to a student and is later accused of touching said student inappropriately? I know those 2 scenarios seem unlikely, but they both could end with a lawsuit and/or someone losing their job and reputation.
The bottom line though is this- the mother should have known better than to let her daughter with albinism attend a track and field day without sunscreen regardless of the weather that morning. Yes the school's policy seems ridiculous, but it's a catch-22. The school could relax their restrictions in response to this incident, only to be sued next year after a kid has an allergic reaction to a teacher's sunscreen.”
lifepanels on Jun 24, 2012 at 11:32:52
“It's more than just a school policy, it's usually a state law that all schools must adhere to. Fixing the law is the best approach. Sometimes laws go overboard until an episode happens that makes the law questionable.”
“My question is this- what on earth were they thinking placing this woman in that position to begin with? Isn't the bus monitor's role to prevent bullying or intervene when it's happening? That's not the type of job for this woman (obviously). They need to get a retired prison guard or at least someone who can handle verbal abuse.
Yes the kids are terrible, but the school district should have never placed this woman on that bus to begin with.”
Cycoblitz on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:08:06
“let's blame her for what happened. ok? what do yuo think she should have done? Kicked them off the bus? there were several of those verballoy abusive kids. We think we would have done it differently. their words hurt.
Blame is out. Accountability is in. what if they had phsically abused her? what then? Like a pacdk of dogs, they all jump on the quietest. didn't want it any worse now do we?”
rbailey67 on Jun 22, 2012 at 10:45:26
“I agree Sam. I am retired US Army Special Operations and I wish to God I was on that bus so I could have shown those little punks what a real man would do in response to that display of nonsense!!!! These kids obviously have no home training and respect for their elders, AT ALL!!!!!”
“I think what Microsoft isn't realizing is that many droid and Iphone users have already shelled out money for apps... Apps they get to keep as long as they stick with Android or Apple. For me, it doesn't matter how cheap the phone is- the microsoft OS is a deal breaker (unless it can be rooted and ported to ICS).”
TonkaMan97 on Mar 27, 2012 at 00:17:48
“You seem to forget that the majority of americans don't have any kind of smartphone. This is the market Microsoft is going for, the new smartphone users.”
NHBill on Mar 26, 2012 at 16:22:53
“They more than realize it.
They want to be the third format in when both "VHS" AND "Beta" are galloping successes.
But we live in a "Post PC Era" and either Microsoft becomes a player or it becomes irrelevant.
Seeing as it's stock price has barely budged in the last 10 years it's looking like the latter.”
“Right... Dubstep = Aphex Twin circa 95 + the wobble.”
garystartswithg on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:02:43
“Cool -- now you can get all the hate.
I have noticed the critics of dub are late 20s -- the emos/hipsters apparently hate dub. Its the rockers vs the mods and David Grohl is even in on it leading the rockers -- they recorded their new album in his million dollar state of the art studio he calls "the garage". Hes that dedicated to posing.”
“Torrents are dangerous to use- they are easily trackable by the RIAA and MPAA. Lately, it doesn't seem like they have been as aggresive slapping lawsuits on alleged offenders; but, instead they are sending C&D notices to their ISP's. Although all service providers have different policies, mine has a 3-strike policy where you lose access after the 3rd C&D.
Torrents are a bad idea when it comes to potentially getting busted. Basically you are sharing your IP address with all the other people who are downloading that particular file at that particular time. If one of the other downloaders happens to be working for MPAA/RIAA, then your IP address gets logged and your ISP gets notified.
Direct downloads/streams are not fool proof either, but they are safer... atleast for the time being.”
Spudszilla on Jan 21, 2012 at 18:21:49
“Unless of course you get a good blacklist program like PeerGuardian, and then assuming you keep it updated, you'll be safe from being tracked.”
“Here's a little known fact- after WWII the concentration camps in Germany were not completely liberated. Under "Paragraph 175" homosexuality was still a crime, so many gay men were moved from concentration camps to prisons where they continued to serve sentences for their "crimes".
“Yeah, I'm sure there is more to the story. One of the problems I have with IGB is that I think it could foster the sense of being a perpetual victim for some. "Keep your head down, put up with the abuse. Then, one day, you'll be in a loving relationship with fabulous friends, out and proud." That can be a great message for the right person; however, for some people it doesn't get better fast enough.
I really respect Dan and all the work he has done- I'm sure IGB has helped countless number of kids... sadly, until we as a society can evolve, some will fall through the cracks.”
Counterglow on Jan 12, 2012 at 23:42:40
“I'm not gay, so I doubt I'll ever know what he went through. You raise an excellent point, though.”