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5 Ways The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal Could Ruin TV and The Internet

5 Ways The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal Could Ruin TV and The Internet

Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 01:24:09 in Technology

“I'm in SW Florida and Time Warner accounts moved/converted to Comcast in 2006, as part of the agreement when they acquired Adelphia's assets and the two companies traded markets to consolidate services... The FCC approved it then but this? I guess we will see... http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2006/aug/02/comcast_now_cable_king_sw_fla/?print=1
5-Year-Old Kicked Off School Bus And Left With Stranger After Getting Sick, Mom Says

5-Year-Old Kicked Off School Bus And Left With Stranger After Getting Sick, Mom Says

Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 16:52:47 in Parents

“I "knew" it was Florida just by the headline. This is the first year my son has to take the bus from school to our home. I was terrified. My son is autistic & our county & state seem to have even more issues when it comes to appropriate behavior of professional, service provider adults with our kids. We are fortunate to have an amazing teacher and aides in school and on the bus. One day, another student was out so the bus (yes, it's a shorter bus) got to our stop 15 minutes before the usual, scheduled time so the bus driver called me on his cell phone and he waited while I came downstairs to meet them. He kept my son on the bus, seated, until I got there. I am thrilled that our experience has been so positive, but I also know that we seem to be the exception. I really think that Florida needs to add a common sense unit to all training of professionals who will have any contact with our kids. There are some good folks out there, but still far too many "incidents" that put our kids at risk.”
Obama: Social Security Checks Will Stop When Debt Ceiling Is Reached

Obama: Social Security Checks Will Stop When Debt Ceiling Is Reached

Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 18:08:26 in Politics

“Are you referring to senior citizen Social Security beneficiaries (who, in my observation, tend to drive sedans, at least here in Florida) or recipients of SSDI (disabled folks and those receiving survivor benefits) who may require minivans to accommodate wheelchairs and lifts? I do understand your comment, but minivans are associated, stereotypically, with young families and "soccer moms" and not seniors or disabled folks. I, personally, am grateful for those endlessly blinking turn signals as they often highlight the drivers (of any age) who are not paying complete attention and we can give wider berth for when they do change lanes without looking, or while texting.”

MarcEdward on Oct 3, 2013 at 18:35:00

“If I was being more accurate, I'd have said Winnebagos each plastered with a sticker saying "ask me about my grandkids"”
Cute Kid Note Of The Day: 9-Year-Old's Honest Opinion Of Fox News

Cute Kid Note Of The Day: 9-Year-Old's Honest Opinion Of Fox News

Commented Jul 7, 2013 at 19:14:36 in Parents

“The book is pretty great. I grew up with the book and read it to my kid long before the movie came out. The movie, though, is fantastic.”
Tornado Survivor, 5, Killed By Family Friend's Dog

Tornado Survivor, 5, Killed By Family Friend's Dog

Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 23:06:44 in Crime

“Whoa. Down boy! Animals are driven by extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Specific breed characteristics may make your Australian Shepherd exhibit herding tendencies, but there are other factors at play that drive any animal to a specific behavior. "Judge the deed and not the breed" isn't intended as some fluffy "doggy defense squad" slogan, but intended as a suggestion to look at the individual animal (and all of the factors) before you condemn an entire breed of dogs or label an entire breed as aggressive or dangerous, because of the actions of an individual animal.”

Morgantheaxe on Jun 14, 2013 at 21:22:58

“Telling people owning two breeds of dog that lead all others drastically in fatalities and severe attacks isn't condemning a breed.  Please don't be dramatic.  Its good sound advice.  Advice that is followed with more advice.  Learn about ANY breed of dog you buy and make sure your lifestyle fits the breed AND should you choose to buy a pit bull or a rott then for gods sake take extra care to insure everyones safety around your dog.”
Tornado Survivor, 5, Killed By Family Friend's Dog

Tornado Survivor, 5, Killed By Family Friend's Dog

Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 01:18:40 in Crime

“As usual, I think "judge the deed, not the breed" applies. Very sad story though...”

lisaman on Jun 13, 2013 at 00:17:16

“I said I was shocked.  I would feel the same if it were a Great Dane or other large breed that I know to show no aggressive behavior.”

Morgantheaxe on Jun 12, 2013 at 01:35:11

“I call BS on that. As I said in another post I have an Australian Shepherd that out of the blue without training or command started herding. Its common. No one bats an eye. No one disputes at all it's instinct in the breed, but you let a dog bred for sentry work or god forbid killing maul someone and all of the sudden the "doggy defense squad" shows up and wants to throw breeding and instinct out the window.”
Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Commented May 15, 2013 at 16:28:37 in Parents

“your friend sounds like a firecracker! I do have to say that you don't know if people are disabled just by looking at them. you can't. many disabilities are invisible to people who don't have them and many ablebodied individuals provide transportation for disabled friends or family. you just can't know from just looking at a person what their story is.”

Bluepuddlegirl on May 15, 2013 at 19:27:52

“True, which was the reason he asked.  But honestly if you can hop out of a car and walk around Target for a half hour, you can probably walk from a non-handicapped space, even if its a little further away.”
Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Commented May 15, 2013 at 16:19:12 in Parents

“exactly. if they are actually even paying the disabled folks at all I'm sure it's probably closer to minimum wage (if anything).”
Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Commented May 15, 2013 at 15:45:11 in Parents

“the disabled folks are not getting paid that amount, the tour organizers are.”
Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Commented May 15, 2013 at 15:39:32 in Parents

“people with disablilities are not being paid that amount, the tour company is. the disabled individuals are likely not getting a penny as they and their families are being sold a bill of goods under the guise of charity and not as a job opportunity.

ANuttyReader, I hate to break it to you but the fight for human and civil rights of folks with disabilities is very real. Shame on you for dismissing this issue as unimportant to the worlds. what kind of abuse should we be fretting about, in your opinion? Your comments lead me to believe that you have no personal experience living with a disability or having a lived one with a disability, and not enough practical knowledge about buisiness practices and disability rights to even feign empathy.”
Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Commented May 15, 2013 at 15:27:24 in Parents

“I think you are mistaken. the disabled people are not selling ADA access. the tour company is and they seem to be charging those fees to rent out disabled people under the guise of charitable giving to the disabled folks. the disabled folks and their families are likely unaware of the exploitation. (the company has a facebook page. you can google it.)”
Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind)

Commented May 15, 2013 at 15:22:06 in Parents

“highly unlikely that the disabled folks even make 10% of the fee and probably not even minimum wage. that fee goes to the "tour" business not to the disabled individuals.”
Adam Holland Lawsuit: Family Of Man With Down Syndrome Sue For $18 Million After Photo Sparks Meme

Adam Holland Lawsuit: Family Of Man With Down Syndrome Sue For $18 Million After Photo Sparks Meme

Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 21:08:41 in Impact

“it sends a message that if people can't use good judgement then they will have to pay for their abusive actions. please don't perpetuate stereotypes about other groups of people to rationalize the degrading, cruel behavior of others.”

BadBabe on Apr 30, 2013 at 21:40:21

“Are you that naive?”
9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 18:17:26 in Politics

“@Fulgentblade requested, below, an example where a strengthening of background check laws would have altered the outcome of any of the most recent shootings. I'll put this here as the option to reply is not on his post. Here's an example:

Radcliffe Haughton killed three women (and then himself) with a firearm he purchased from a private seller via the internet. . http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/us/gun-law-loopholes-let-buyers-skirt-background-checks.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 20:38:44 in Politics

“Impossible to enforce a law of this type for every single private sale: of course.  The current laws are entirely too permissive.  Restrict all private sales at all firearms shows, put consequences in place, reduce access, put more stringent rules on the organizers of firearm shows...  Whatever needs to be done, to reduce access to firearms by individuals who should not have them, should be done.  Will it reduce firearm related violence and crime to 0?  Of course not.  Reducing injuries and deaths, by any number, would be progress.  Perfection will never happen but progress is certainly doable. ”

cleverindie on Apr 23, 2013 at 18:17:26

“@Fulgentblade requested, below, an example where a strengthening of background check laws would have altered the outcome of any of the most recent shootings. I'll put this here as the option to reply is not on his post. Here's an example:

Radcliffe Haughton killed three women (and then himself) with a firearm he purchased from a private seller via the internet. . http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/us/gun-law-loopholes-let-buyers-skirt-background-checks.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

Fulgentblade on Apr 22, 2013 at 09:58:58

“"The current laws are entirely too permissive."  It's not the law.  ANY law attempting to prohibit personal, face to face sale of firearms would be impossible to enforce. 
So you severely restrict the rights of tens of thousands to SEE if you can make a slight difference in crime?  Can you think of any example where these laws you are discussing "strengthening" would have altered the outcome of any of the most recent shootings?”
9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 20:23:15 in Politics

“So we should just leave that gaping 40%-of-all-firearm-sales private sale/"gun show"/internet loophole wide open?  Because individuals who won't pass a background check might find another way to obtain firearms?  Is that really what you are suggesting?  There is not a single solution to fix the problem 100%, but where is the intelligence in continuing with the status quo, allowing unfettered access to firearms for all (with the exception of states that do have laws regarding private transfers of ownership)?   Keep in mind that some of the individuals who purchase a firearm for the sole purpose of causing harm to another human being(s) don't necessarily have a criminal record, or the savvy to find other avenues of purchase. So regulations requiring background checks for those private/"gun show" sales might not erase 100% of the crimes that involve the use of firearm, but any reduction in body count would be a marked improvement from where we stand today. ”

DaveWeaver on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:28:36

“Are you familiar with the Einstein quote: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
With over 15,000 "gun laws" already on the books - and you just want what?  To add more?
Furthermore, Manchin/Toomey would have resulted in a law that by definition would be VOLUNTARY in its compliance.  Only those who could pass a background check would avail themselves of the requirement.  To omit to do so would be in violation of a new law, something the ILLEGAL gun purchaser would have no issue avoiding.
So let's try something new: expand the "shall issue" for concealed carry laws already in some states, remove the barriers (BTW, only to legal gun owners) of "gun free zones", and support those legislators that actually believe in the 2nd Amendment - and uphold their oath of office to defend it in its entirety!”
9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 09:31:41 in Politics

“Background checks are only mandatory for firearm sales by FFL holders.
The problem is that they are not required for private sales (sales that are made by an individual or entity that does not have a FFL... At gun shoes, FFL holders still have to abide by FFL rules and regs, even though others can still sell firearms without having a FFL and without background checks...it actually depends on the state the transaction takes place in. Some require it, most don't.)”

DaveWeaver on May 2, 2013 at 07:53:43

“You are correct.  Those that already buy new or used guns legally (e.g., via an FFL dealer or from someone that they personally know) are not the problem.
What you are talking about is private transfers - e.g., (either actually or the equivalent of) buying a gun out of somebody's trunk in the parking lot of a gun show.  
For a T-shirt maybe I would.  For a good quality firearm at several hundred dollars - not a chance.  The ones that would routinely make this kind of transaction are the ILLEGAL gun buyers - and just how do you presume to get them to submit to a background check? 
The Manchin/Toomey bill was just that - based on voluntary compliance - and would do nothing to "solve the problem".
A better way to handle this is to increase the penalties on criminals - not place further restrictions on gun ownership.”

Fulgentblade on Apr 19, 2013 at 09:58:37

“It would be impossible to enforce a law of this type for private sales. We both know this to be true.”

DaveWeaver on Apr 19, 2013 at 09:54:17

“So, we make it mandatory (if you didn't you would be a "criminal") for those who would not have a problem passing a background check - e.g., those that CAN buy a gun legally.

And that does (exactly) what to those who cannot pass a background check - and still buy a gun (illegally by definition).

Answer: absolutely nothing”
Obama Speaks On Gun Control After Vote Fails

Obama Speaks On Gun Control After Vote Fails

Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 00:45:17 in Politics

“FALSE! A background check must be run if the firearm is being sold by the holder of a FFL, and that is a requirement of being a holder of a FFL. Private sales, unless mandated by the laws of individual states, do not require a background check for the firearm to change hands. An estimated 40% of firearm sales take place under this private sale/gunshow loophole. Today's legislation, had it been passed, would have required background checks on all sales of firearms occurring at gun shows and over the internet. How would that violate the 2nd amendment?”
Obama Speaks On Gun Control After Vote Fails

Obama Speaks On Gun Control After Vote Fails

Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 00:13:04 in Politics

“BULLCRAP! That is an asinine comparison. Good job contributing to the spread of fiction as fact. What's wrong with the picture is that you spread sensationalized, incorrect and incomplete information.
The "Global Entry" system is a streamlined system, requiring an extensive application process which includes a detailed/thorough background check, and will scan documents and biometrics (fingerprints) for individuals who have had their information (including background check) processed. They must have a machine-readable and verifiable passport/documents or a permanent resident card and have been approved to be allowed to use the Global Entry system on entering the US. Everyone else will still go through traditional customs and document checks, including anyone who has difficulties or fails passing through the Global Entry system. No "system" is perfect or failsafe, of course. Though removing the human aspect from one point in the processing, with trained humans at the inception and delivery of the program providing quality assurance and security, is an improvement to current methods.”
Sequestration Hits Blind Workers, With Group For The Visually Impaired Forced To Cut Staff

Sequestration Hits Blind Workers, With Group For The Visually Impaired Forced To Cut Staff

Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 20:24:40 in Politics

“Political ideology is less of a factor than frequency, quantity, and consistency of religious and secular activity, in charitable giving. Interesting article and study...Since you mentioned charitable giving statistics and political ideology, I thought you might find this interesting. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/scienceonreligion/2012/09/not-conservatives-but-religious-people-more-charitable/
Autism Portraits: 'I Am 1 In 50' Features 50 Families Living With ASD (PHOTOS)

Autism Portraits: 'I Am 1 In 50' Features 50 Families Living With ASD (PHOTOS)

Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 22:46:48 in Parents

“I'm happy you posted the link! Thank you!”
Study Links Autism With Prenatal Exposure To Traffic Pollution

Study Links Autism With Prenatal Exposure To Traffic Pollution

Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 19:29:08 in Los Angeles

“Thank you for the laugh! Well done!”
Autism Employment: Aaron Winston Finds Success As Video Game Designer

Autism Employment: Aaron Winston Finds Success As Video Game Designer

Commented Jan 1, 2013 at 18:39:55 in HuffPost Live 321

“Thank you for your comment, JanetLawson! Very true! My son and I are both autistic. He wants to be a programmer and is working hard at learning everything he can (he's 9). I'm not a computer geek. I'm an artist and do best working with my hands. Unfortunately, due to autoimmune arthritis I am on an indefinite sabbatical from my work, but before this I taught myself to work with sterling and fine silver and vintage plastics/phenolics. Now I'm passing time with photograph. People seem surprised when they find out that I'm not into computers. The reason anyone does well in a specific field is passion. If you don't have passion for what you are doing than you can pass muster, but chances are you won't be wildly successful in that position or field. That goes for Autistics and Non-autistics both.”
No Link Between Asperger's Syndrome And Violence, Experts Say

No Link Between Asperger's Syndrome And Violence, Experts Say

Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 00:26:31 in Healthy Living

“Autism and Aspergers are not psychiatric disorders. An individual with ASD or AS (depending on what diagnostic manual is being consulted) is not "sick in the head" and their challenges are not dictated by a label or a person giving the labels. Labels are dictated by individuals meeting diagnostic criteria.”

Theresa Clarke on Dec 17, 2012 at 17:13:53

“Check out the leading psychiatrists on autism at the Yale Center for the Study of Children.

I have attended two of the conferences held on autism by these brilliant psychiatrists. Having a teen daughter with autism, diagnosed before the age of 1 by a psychiatrist and at age 2 by a neurologist, it is medically a psychiatric/brain diagnosis.

http://medicine.yale.edu/childstudy/autism/index.aspx

Autism Program at Yale | Child Study Center |”

evessourapples on Dec 17, 2012 at 11:43:55

“Not true. It is indeed categorized as a psychiatirc disorder, as they suffer anxiety, OCD, perseveration as well as other mental health issues. It is also considered to be a developmental disability which is primary a brain wiring issue with sensory and communication problems rather than an intellectuall deficit, although they can be anywhere on the IQ bell curve from severe MR to genius level. At least that is what I learned in graduate and medical school.”
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