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"Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.”

 

-Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

 

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Poor Houston may get up to 50" (127cm) of rain. That's just crazy. Up here in Seattle, we just went through our wettest winter on record: 47.24" (120cm) of rain between Oct. 1 and June 1. Now we're on our 77th straight day without rain. Weird weather.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/29/upshot/harvey-rainfall-where-you-live.html?mcubz=3


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Actually the weather isn't weird here. Hurricanes are normal for this time of year. What's unusual is that instead of moving inland and dissipating like they normally do, this one was blocked by an area of high pressure and so it sat stationary for several days just dumping rain. It was also lined up just exactly right so that most of the rain fell on Houston. Similar thing happened in 2001, although that was a tropical storm.


"Moral indignation is a standard strategy for endowing the idiot with dignity." Marshall McLuhan

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Huh, I had a few friends who were into that stuff in High School. It seemed pretty powerful, they would basically just go run through the forest for a few hours. I'd be pretty hesitant to vote for it without more information.

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Gotta love California, right?

 

Really though, every state gets wierd stuff potentially on their ballots or even on the ballot every year. Last year, California had a thing regarding condoms for the porn industry. Which seemed like a little bit unusual of a thing to come up for in primarily liberal California.

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I ran across this guide today. I really thought you guys would enjoy pondering upon it or at least talking about:

 

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=921441710

 

If you could, take a glimpse and tell me your thoughts


Just what do you think you're doing?! You dare to come between me and my prey? Is it a habit of yours to scurry about, getting in the way and causing bother?

 

What are you still bothering me for? I'm a Knight. I'm not interested in your childish games. I need my rest.

 

Begone! Lest I draw my nail...

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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21078508_1396766733712350_11773094436850

 

So... it's really Bud Light in a new can right?

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Yeah, I think Lord of the Flies with women would result in more cold shoulders and catty comments than boulders crushing kids. But just my patriarchial opinion. :p

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Women prisons suggest otherwise. Women can be vicious.  While most violent criminals are malle there at eplenty of female ones.

 

 

That said, most remakes are annoying, but remakes that think they at especial and unique simply by changing gender/race are idiotic and ignorant. That doesn't mean it can't be good ( it will largely opened how good the young  ctresses they choose are_ but   it comes across as simple fluff. No matter hwo they do it this movie will be trashed by  some oversensitive SJW Nazi.


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It's no secret have have very little respect for police. There are some decent genuinely conscientious people in law enforcement who are trying to do good. But the large majority are little more than armed thugs too stupid to comprehend or too arrogant to be troubled to learn the laws they enforce. Here is another example of the latter: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/utah-nurse-arrested-refusing-give-patient-s-blood-police-n798021

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It's no secret have have very little respect for police. There are some decent genuinely conscientious people in law enforcement who are trying to do good. But the large majority are little more than armed thugs too stupid to comprehend or too arrogant to be troubled to learn the laws they enforce. Here is another example of the latter: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/utah-nurse-arrested-refusing-give-patient-s-blood-police-n798021

 

That one bothers me tremendously and I hope that officer loses his job. When dealing with a tense situation where the officer feels threatened, I tend to be a bit more understanding, but this is a hospital and every officer should know that medical staff are in the position of power and they are secondary. Even if he was in the right to ask for a blood sample, he should have never escalated it to this level. He has superiors for a reason.

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he was wrong. Just another power hungry piece of scum. This is evidenced by the fact she was not charged and released rather quick. I think anytime someone is arrested but not actually charged the officer should be suspended without pay for a week and that pay should go straight to the victim. Areesting someone is serious business and should not simply be used because someone didn't suck your ****.


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He was in the wrong. The patient could not give consent and the 4th Amendment (just for starters) requires the police to get a warrant for that kind of thing. Either he didn't know or didn't give a s--t. To tell you the truth I'm surprised they didn't slam the nurse to the ground and beat the holy hell out of her. Some of them like doing that.


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Seems like we should have significantly more stringent psychological screenings for police recruits.

if you wanna dig through some o' the old police violence threads on this board you will be able to find a few discussions 'bout the correlation 'tween various police qualities and excessive force complaints and convictions.  am knowing a few boardies who is dismissive o' the value o' education, but the most significant police attribute resulting in decrease in violence claims and convictions is the level o' education o' the officer.  yes, is correlative, so perhaps education level is not the reason for the decrease in abuse o' force 'mongst cops, but am thinking it doesn't much matter if one is simple looking for a way to avoid such problems.  

 

hire cops with at least college degree, and a large % of such events don't happen.

 

'course the resulting difficulty is almost nobody can afford to hire a force o' all college educated cops.  the pay for typical municipal cop with only high school education requirements is already excellent.  nevertheless, major cities still have trouble fulfilling hiring needs even with an extreme large pool from which to draw.  increase education requirement and you need increase pay as well, no? 

 

there is a solution to the problem.  sure, have only cops with university degree won't complete stop abuse o' law enforcement power, but it will great reduce. unfortunate, as with so many problems, money is a practical barrier to adopting the obvious solution.

 

HA! Good Fun!


"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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It's no secret have have very little respect for police. There are some decent genuinely conscientious people in law enforcement who are trying to do good. But the large majority are little more than armed thugs too stupid to comprehend or too arrogant to be troubled to learn the laws they enforce. Here is another example of the latter: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/utah-nurse-arrested-refusing-give-patient-s-blood-police-n798021

Yep, which is why I roll my eyes and laugh any time one of them get shot or dies in any other way and get the funeral for a fallen hero. Thank God for the proliferation of video cameras these days.

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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Korean bbq is proof appropriation is a good thing. It's lineage.

 

Native Americans -> Spaniards -> English -> Freed Slaves -> Pan-America -> ... -> Korea

 

Each step adding to the glory. Hallelujah.

 

 

Korean Barbecue is awful though.

 

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It's no secret have have very little respect for police. There are some decent genuinely conscientious people in law enforcement who are trying to do good. But the large majority are little more than armed thugs too stupid to comprehend or too arrogant to be troubled to learn the laws they enforce. Here is another example of the latter: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/utah-nurse-arrested-refusing-give-patient-s-blood-police-n798021

Yep, which is why I roll my eyes and laugh any time one of them get shot or dies in any other way and get the funeral for a fallen hero. Thank God for the proliferation of video cameras these days.

 

I certainly don't want to see any of them injured or killed. Even the asholes are still human beings with families that love them. But I certainly am uncomfortable with extending military decorum to law enforcement. To call it apples and oranges is still too close a comparison. Joining the police force or even the military does not make someone a hero. Sometimes cops do heroic things. Military members often do heroic things when in a situation that calls for it. But military service is a sacrifice.  The pays sucks, the conditions you are in usually suck. The work is long, hard, complex, stressful, and often done with no tolerance for error. There are no "shifts" in the military, You work when you are told to work and stop when you're told you can stop. If a cop has to work on Christmas at least 1/2 of that day will be spent with his family. Not even close to being the case in the service often enough. And if you don't like being a cop you can do something else. Be a cop somewhere else. If you don't like the military, tough s--t. You are in until your contract runs out. Maybe even longer if stop-loss is in effect. 

 

Police are paid a decent salary. They have better than average benefits. The government goes out of their way to cover for them when they make mistakes. i assure you military members get no such coverage. They are routinely thrown under the bus. It's not the same thing. And it annoys me when I see the equation of the two.

 

Mark my words, this detective will not get fired. They will hide him until this blows over and it will be business as usual again. It happens all the time.

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