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Teen Thrown In Violent New York Jail For Years Without Ever Having Been Convicted

Teen Thrown In Violent New York Jail For Years Without Ever Having Been Convicted

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 04:12:01 in New York

“A quibble, but important nevertheless: legally if charged you are considered to be innocent until proven guilty, he doesn’t have to prove his innocence. Of course it's a different story in real life.”
Emotional Baby Is Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing

Emotional Baby Is Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 19:20:39 in Parents

“Is this child abuse? Just kidding.
That little one has a really broad range of emotions, wonderful! Don't lose it!
Mom's got a great voice. I'm sure she'll pass her interest in music on to her daughter. What a wonderful life to look forward to.”
The Women Of The Supreme Court Now Have The Badass Portrait They Deserve

The Women Of The Supreme Court Now Have The Badass Portrait They Deserve

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 06:02:35 in Politics

“While I heartily applaud the sentiment I have to say that this group portrait is an awful and uninspiring piece of art. The setup, the background, the symbolism – all with hardly a connection to the women, certainly not representing their trailblazing work as female justices. It tries to reference Vermeer, unsuccesfully and totallly beside the point. What about the blue sofa? The law books are trite, the positioning of the Justices by age is banal. Some of the faces (O'Connor in particular) are just badly painted. There is no coherent structure. Why portray them on a sofa, what is that supposed to tell us, that they're a fine addition to the Courts living room?
It's a real shame that American public art is so completely disconnected from 20th and 21st century art. Other examples: the Stalinist WWII memorial, the incredibly mistaken MLK monument, the chocolate soldiers added to the very excellent modernist Vietnam War memorial etc.”

Francaise on Oct 29, 2013 at 10:23:07

“Chocolate soldiers ??????”

Miami-Michael on Oct 29, 2013 at 08:35:56

“Oooh - bet you took an art appreciation course in high school - or did you just stay at a Holiday Inn Express?”

smedge on Oct 29, 2013 at 07:31:10

“As a women you missed the whole point of the picture, now that is sad.”
Anonymous Demands Investigation Into Maryville Sexual Assault Case

Anonymous Demands Investigation Into Maryville Sexual Assault Case

Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 13:53:34 in Technology

“I can follow your point to a certain degree about her parents acting irresponsible or, in this case, her acting irresponsible, but it needs to be made clear that this does not make her parents / herself culpable in this situation. She is a victim, whatever she had done, however irresponsible she might have behaved. Nobody has the right to rape anybody under any circumstances.”

HandsomeRob on Oct 15, 2013 at 14:04:00

“Hear hear.”
North Carolina Voter ID Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Pat McCrory, Sparking Lawsuits

North Carolina Voter ID Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Pat McCrory, Sparking Lawsuits

Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 04:31:56 in Politics

“Pretty disingenuous argument: "Just because you haven’t been robbed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t lock your doors at night or when you’re away from home."
Cases of burglaries in North Carolina in 2011 (one year): 104,187. Suspected cases of voter fraud from 2000 through 2010 (ten years): 86 (eightysix).”
'No Muslim Parking' Signs Prompt Outrage At Westview Shopping Center In Texas

'No Muslim Parking' Signs Prompt Outrage At Westview Shopping Center In Texas

Commented Aug 12, 2013 at 07:36:27 in Religion

“They did. Repeatedly. Probably not on Fox News which makes sense because this wouldn't fit into their proto-fascist narrative.

Anyway. Anyone who paints such a large number of people with the same brush should try to get an education beyond grade school level.”

jmccle2981 on Aug 12, 2013 at 16:33:13

“I watch multiple news chanels and listen to multiple different news stations on the radio. I have yet to hear the out cry. Once again please direct me to were this is located. As far as my broad brush pull your head out of the sand and talk to people. Most realize that the mainstraem dosn't think like the idiots who carry out the attacks however the mainstream does realize that there is no conserted effort against it publicly from the islamic community. That my friend breads discontent, biggotry, or whatever else you want to call it.”
'No Muslim Parking' Signs Prompt Outrage At Westview Shopping Center In Texas

'No Muslim Parking' Signs Prompt Outrage At Westview Shopping Center In Texas

Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 04:58:28 in Religion

“You're not really familiar with American Muslim views on terrorism, are you? Pretty much everybody denounces it. That is actually true for the vast majority of the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world who constitute about 23.4% of the world population.”

jmccle2981 on Aug 11, 2013 at 19:15:32

“When they are on the national stage then your statement will hold water.”

pagan-vegan on Aug 11, 2013 at 06:39:47

“no they dont. they all secretly love it and they hate us and they love it when america is attacked in any way. the only good muslim is a ............................”
German Sounds Harsher Than Other Languages, And Here's Why (VIDEO)

German Sounds Harsher Than Other Languages, And Here's Why (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 4, 2013 at 01:47:49 in Science

“There are many dialects in German that sound very mild, e.g. Saxonian which doesn't seem to have any unvoiced consonants. So it's not "Krankenwagen" but rather "Grongnwogn". Saxonian has been associated with communist East Germany where Saxony happens to be. So it sounds somewhat ridiculous or grating to West German ears. Acceptance is improving though, after 13 years of "reunivigeshn".”

CologneCitizen on Aug 5, 2013 at 04:04:07

“For someone like me from Cologne, Rhineland, Saxonian sounds awful. Not really funny, but more like the speaker is just about to puke.”

Qrious on Aug 4, 2013 at 18:48:24

“Nu! Saxonian sound funny to non-Saxons and I'm quite sure this was also the case before thr communist era.”
FedEx Employee Throwing Boxes Into Truck Caught On Video

FedEx Employee Throwing Boxes Into Truck Caught On Video

Commented Jul 26, 2013 at 06:44:20 in Business

“My guess would be that they just dump the load on the belt, so it doesn't really matter whether it's stacked neatly in the truck. They probably get to the back of the truck and push. I would also think that her co-workers would be really pissed if they had to clean up her mess every time. Also a supervisor would very likely intervene if her "method" were unacceptable. Which begs the question: is this standard operating procedure at FedEx?
Maybe because it takes too much time to let humans sort things out when technology can do a much better and quicker job. FedEx needs to cut as much time as possible in processing. It's always the human factor that slows things down.”

QuantumLeaper on Jul 26, 2013 at 08:08:46

“The question about the Fedex is it his ONLY stop,  and is he still picking up more packages?   I know when I bought a monitor, they (UPS) couldn't fit it on the truck that day, so it got shipped the following day,  but I still got it overnight, even though it was 3 day shipping.
I can't right now answer the question since I have never asked my friend that question.  You would still have to unload that truck,  which is going to take more time since it is a mess.  Being neat may take a little more time now but saves a lot of time later.  I still remember one job I had,  the load in the 18 wheeler shifted and fell.  The truck driver  (who also unloads the stuff at the stops) wasn't happy about it,  he hated wasting time.”
FedEx Employee Throwing Boxes Into Truck Caught On Video

FedEx Employee Throwing Boxes Into Truck Caught On Video

Commented Jul 26, 2013 at 05:53:04 in Business

“I should think that the boxes will not be delivered from the truck directly to their intended addressee but routed through a distribution center. There it won't matter how the packages are delivered. They will throw packages on a conveyer belt and automatic scanners will sort them out. So it doesn't make sense to pre-arrange packages.”

k9blueman on Jul 26, 2013 at 22:15:22

“Yes it does matter....getting into a bad habbit of tossing packages is not a good way to protect the consumer's trust that his/her package will be handled properly.and again....just tossing them into the truck like that regardless of where they end up...someone has to unload them and it will take THAT person longer and more aggravation to unload that truck than if it were stacked and secured in an orderly way....Dont worry....Just my opinion ”

QuantumLeaper on Jul 26, 2013 at 06:27:19

“Would you rather load stacks of boxes or a pile of boxes?”
Edward Snowden Receives Documents To Enter Russia: Airport Source

Edward Snowden Receives Documents To Enter Russia: Airport Source

Commented Jul 24, 2013 at 10:36:17 in Politics

“He's applying for asylum, that's what makes his case special. Yes, it is ironic that he applies for asylum in a country that can hardly be called open and democratic. But what are his choices?”
Edward Snowden Receives Documents To Enter Russia: Airport Source

Edward Snowden Receives Documents To Enter Russia: Airport Source

Commented Jul 24, 2013 at 10:34:30 in Politics

“Manning gave away all the information without any editing and his motives are sketchy. Snowden together with journalists chose what information could be published without causing any or too much harm. He wanted to expose the wholesale violation of civil rights through the NSA etc. Irresponsible vs. responsible behavior.”

cowanln on Jul 24, 2013 at 10:52:38

“I don't see where we have a full work up on either guy and what they actually released. Why isn't Wikileaks considered a journalistic entity but the people who Snowden worked with are?”
These Photos Of Adolf Hitler After Prison Release Are Unbelievable

These Photos Of Adolf Hitler After Prison Release Are Unbelievable

Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 10:58:43 in World

“Today these poses seem ridiculous. Yet in the twenties there were no big video screens, often even no p.a. If you wanted to be noticed by a huge crowd you had to throw around your arms a lot, exaggerate facial expressions, and yell really loud. That may explain why Hitler wasn't perceived by many as particularly unhinged. In fact in those days he was considered (even by his opponents) as a great (we're talking about the show, not the content) and therefore dangerous orator.”
The World's Most Reputable Countries, According To The Reputation Institute

The World's Most Reputable Countries, According To The Reputation Institute

Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 09:41:25 in World

“Well, yes and no. The Zugspitze represents Germany, for Austria it's just a run of the mill peak. I should have been more precise in my wording.
In weather reports they often mention weather conditions on the Zugspitze which are pretty meaningless for most.”
The World's Most Reputable Countries, According To The Reputation Institute

The World's Most Reputable Countries, According To The Reputation Institute

Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 08:05:41 in World

“Fail: the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany, it's not in Austria.”

nohpiano on Jul 1, 2013 at 16:51:32

“And let's perhaps bring up that Austria is particularly full of racism and anti-Semitism..............I could not get out fast enough”

barbara jay on Jul 1, 2013 at 08:48:15

“Your fail: the border between Germany and Austria actually crosses the Zugspitze, so the Zugspitze is physically in both countries. But even if the border were, say 500 meters from the bottom of the Zugspitze, it would still be easy to photograph the mountain from Austria. I remember a time when, if you were near the peak, there was a path with a fenced and gated border crossing, and if you wanted to continue, you had to show the guard your passport. However, when I was up there, the gate was no longer manned, just locked, so you couldn't leave the German part.”
Margaret Doughty, Atheist Seeking U.S. Citizenship, Told To Join Church Or Be Denied

Margaret Doughty, Atheist Seeking U.S. Citizenship, Told To Join Church Or Be Denied

Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 11:33:23 in Politics

“You’re entitled to SS if you're a legal resident alien if you have paid payroll taxes. So there.”
Margaret Doughty, Atheist Seeking U.S. Citizenship, Told To Join Church Or Be Denied

Margaret Doughty, Atheist Seeking U.S. Citizenship, Told To Join Church Or Be Denied

Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 11:29:25 in Politics

“Yes I know my enemies! They're the teachers that taught me to fight me!”
Margaret Doughty, Atheist Seeking U.S. Citizenship, Told To Join Church Or Be Denied

Margaret Doughty, Atheist Seeking U.S. Citizenship, Told To Join Church Or Be Denied

Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 11:27:46 in Politics

“"Libertyfan" it is, right? You've got some learing to do in order to have the privilege of chosing such a name.”
Margaret Doughty, Atheist Seeking U.S. Citizenship, Told To Join Church Or Be Denied

Margaret Doughty, Atheist Seeking U.S. Citizenship, Told To Join Church Or Be Denied

Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 11:26:35 in Politics

“How very pious and charitable of you (whatever your religion is).”
Tom Cotton 'Corruption Of Blood' Bill Would Convict Family Members Of Iran Sanctions Violators

Tom Cotton 'Corruption Of Blood' Bill Would Convict Family Members Of Iran Sanctions Violators

Commented May 23, 2013 at 02:26:46 in Politics

“He actually did. It was called "Sippenhaft" and was applied to the families of those who were involved in the plot against Hitler on July 20th 1944.”
Jack Schaap, Indiana Pastor, Claimed Jesus Wanted Him To Have Sex With Teenage Girl

Jack Schaap, Indiana Pastor, Claimed Jesus Wanted Him To Have Sex With Teenage Girl

Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 06:10:40 in Crime

“Jesus's first miracle was to turn water into wine, thus saving a wedding party from meltdown. And his mother asked him to! It's not too far fetched to think that today he might turn water into cocktails to save another party. Just one of the guys with a very special gift that makes him really, really popular.”
Steven Brill Calls New Republic Owner Chris Hughes A ‘Liar' After Falling Out Over Cover Story

Steven Brill Calls New Republic Owner Chris Hughes A ‘Liar' After Falling Out Over Cover Story

Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 18:17:09 in Media

“They weren't about to bury the story, they wanted it to be on the cover of the next issue.”
Steven Brill Calls New Republic Owner Chris Hughes A ‘Liar' After Falling Out Over Cover Story

Steven Brill Calls New Republic Owner Chris Hughes A ‘Liar' After Falling Out Over Cover Story

Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 18:14:15 in Media

“So Brill thinks he or his piece are more important than the president. Hm.

TNR didn't say they wouldn't run the article, they wanted to postpone publication to the next issue, that the Obama interview went first. Note too that they did not think of putting Brill's story somewhere in the back of the inaugural issue but offered to have it as the front page issue later. This is an easy, quite normal editorial decision and shows how much they valued the article. Poor Brill at this point in his career should have become used to the fact that maybe you're convinced that your piece is the most important article ever, but there are still editors who have to judge what would work best for the magazine at this point in time.”
When An Infant Needs A Heart Transplant, A Scarcity Of Organs Compounds Challenges

When An Infant Needs A Heart Transplant, A Scarcity Of Organs Compounds Challenges

Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 11:04:40 in Parents

“The ethical choices involved in the decision of who is going to be chosen to receive an available organ and who not are very difficult to make. I don't see a public debate on this nor some form of control over the choices that are being made.
The cost argument too is a thorny issue that concerns many other medical decisions (e.g. hip replacements for a 90 year old). However, I don't think that this is an either/or issue. If we direct more money into making healthcare available to everybody it does not preclude financing costly transplants.”
When An Infant Needs A Heart Transplant, A Scarcity Of Organs Compounds Challenges

When An Infant Needs A Heart Transplant, A Scarcity Of Organs Compounds Challenges

Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 06:04:39 in Parents

“Unfortunately it is not at all clear that money doesn't play a role in getting on top of the organ recipients list. In Germany they had several cases recently where doctors manipulated diagnoses to make patients appear sicker than they were and jump up the list. It is suspected that money played a role.”

Crushedknee on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:16:40

“A lot of variables come into play..Money is one of them. I think the selection processes tries to minimize it but Money has a a way of finding a way. Organ transplant itself and the recipients long term care costs is another moral consideration..The cost are insane, money that if directed towards providing increased accessibly to healthcare would save many more Years of Life per dollar spent.”

mtnwen on Feb 6, 2013 at 09:28:43

“Agree- remember Dick Cheney”
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