“What a soppy little film. The message is correct of course and I had to laugh because my husband says that often in conversation with pessimists - that today we live lives in general far better than any time before. He doesn't need four minutes to make his point though ;).”
“Ahhh, but that would actually be something positive. This story only seems to invite bashing...I am appalled about how women are treated in many countries, change has to come but it always does slowly. It's funny though how people here forget that a mere 50 years ago things were pretty hairy with respect to blacks... so much for being so civilized as opposed to those Indians.”
“That's not what your original argument was. You talked about justice for the victim. More importantly; why do you think the US has this high rate of violence? This is nothing new. If you compare the punishments in European states you will see that even with what you call a "liberal" approach, the US is still a whole lot more drastic than any of them. In Switzerland for instance, a conviction for several murders cannot carry a cumulative punishment. It goes up to the max (which is 25 years if I remember correctly) and that's it. So no matter how many people you kill, you'll be out in a decade or so with good behavior. Yet, Switzerland has a low murder rate compared to here. How do you explain that?”
exquzit on Dec 9, 2013 at 15:00:47
“The argument is twofold.... Seek Justice for the victim as well as project justice on to society. Either way the argument is for justice to be metered out to those who violate the law but also give society confidence in the system.
When comparing the US to smaller countries there really is not comparison. The fact is European states aren't driven by profit. The US system is driven by profit and in being driven by profit the liberal aspects are the US incarcerate more at a longer stint but it also drains the system because of the benefits given to criminals. Europe is doing it right punish for a shorter stint and save money and have no overcrowding but we all know in the US it's about wheeling and dealing. Murder rate in most other countries are lower than the US but who knows why. Is it because of the population are stable socioeconomically and it isn't two class of people the rich or poor, your guess is as good as mine.”
“I am sorry you had to witness/her firsthand about so much evil. It does undoubtedly exist and if you go out and try to alleviate suffering you will find it for sure. I hope though that you can still take comfort in knowing that there are a lot of good people, the majority in fact. I can be very sarcastic and make snide remarks, but I can honestly say that I never set out to hurt someone and I raise my children to be charitable and live according to a principle that is best translated as "fixing the world".”
“And yet, most people are decent and just want to have a good life. Maybe it's time you stopped reading these news accounts? I am not trying to be snarky. I've lived for almost 50 years now and I have met a lot of nice people. Definitively more than nasty ones. And I have never met anybody savage (thank goodness). I lived in three countries for an extended period of time, on three different continents and I traveled extensively too. So it's not like I only stayed in one community.”
Bishop Blitz on Dec 8, 2013 at 10:38:30
“Aye, that's a start. If only it were exclusively the news articles, though. I've seen otherwise nice people go out into the night and burn down buildings and witnessed through years of letters and pictures and videos from my father in Sans Frontieres, so much terrible and pointless suffering. I am a little more sensitive about all of this right now, though; A close friend of mine was killed by a child gang. "Knock-out gangs" they're calling them. A bunch of disgusting youths who've been injuring and killing homeless people all over St. Louis. I felt the need to vent.
You're right, though. I have met a lot of decent people, the world is filled with them. I'm only saying that it doesn't take much for the world to change them into something vile. Not all of them, but enough still. Many people, given a righteous enough cause, or promised the perfect amount of money will forgo all of their mercy to see it to fruition. Maybe you're just a stronger person than I am; it's easy to see the bad in people and the world. It takes a willful person to behold that evil and instead look past it to see all that is good.”
“Deprivation is not a new phenomenon, nor is it limited to a specific region of the world. Killing them or jailing them forever is just a way of keeping them away from the public; neither brings back the dead, so there is not justice to be reached.”
exquzit on Dec 8, 2013 at 03:18:43
“The purpose is to project justice on to society. We all know the dead will never come back but society as a whole know that majority of states are becoming liberal in their punishment of crime due to overcrowding of prisons/jails. I believe an eye for an eye may curb crime of the heinous nature.”
“You likely speak only English, right? Why not have some respect for Europeans who at least make an effort to speak more than one language. Even if they don't reach perfection in it. I doubt you even know one word in Swedish, let alone a whole sentence.”
“It's kind of ironical that in a country where there is no eating culture to speak of, anything and everything is being made into a cake. Is the shock value as part of the Puritan inheritance, or maybe just pure juvenile behavior? Grossing people out seems to be an American sport after all.”
“It was a secret for 14 years. It helps carefully reading the article ;).”
ChelleAgain on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:47:07
“I did read the article, thanks, but my point is that HuffPo has this main paged as Little "House On The Prairie' Star's Painful Secret," which implies they're revealing something new. The first paragraph is written as if to report something new. This underplays her past bravery.”
“I doubt that. At least not for dry skin. I use argan oil, and my facial skin at 50 is very soft. Do I have some wrinkles? Of course. But my skin feels soft and healthy.
After I've heard what face creams do to glasses from my optometrist (many of them will destroy the plastic part of the nose bridge!) I never put anything on that is chemically concocted.”
crimson petal on Dec 4, 2013 at 21:05:53
“When using essential oils or "natural" products, it's good to remember that some essential oils and natural plant essences can be harsher then "chemicals" found in commercial face and body creams. I'm not disagreeing with you, but chemicals are what they are...essential oils are comprised of chemicals, too. Argan oil and olive oil make me break out with cystic acne. Surprisingly, the best facial soap I ever used was a guest bar of Suave taken from a hotel room. I'd forgotten my high end cleanser, so used the hotel bar as a last resort. Best I've ever used. Point is, use whatever works!”