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  • jrohila

    jrohila

    March 10, 2015, 11:20 am

    You have to remember that due to having proportional voting the winner doesn't get everything as it does in the First Past the Post. Most European countries have usually 3 major parties and 2 - 4 minor parties. Voting changes between elections are usually quite small: i.e. leading party loosing votes going from 30% to 25% and other majors and minors increasing their share. The changes them-self are so small that they don't put loosing parties in disadvantage.

    However, one could argue that the status-quo of having those same 3 major parties, 2 - 4 minor parties, stays because they all get funding from the state. In a sense yes, the money coming from the state does mean that the political landscape looks the same year after year.

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  • jaysonbank

    jaysonbank

    March 10, 2015, 4:37 pm

    I don't think this will work, there are already laws covering allot of this and I think its pretty trivial to find loopholes. e.g, you and your family can't own a company? no problem, a friend of your brother-in-law can own the company, same deal.

    What you need to fix the system is not new laws, you need journalists, badly. Too many journalists in America are full of crap, they have no balls and no spine. If a senator or someone even _running_ for an office has conflicting interests that should be _front page_ news. "Senator Smith votes to give his OWN company a load of fucking tax payers CASH" - that should be the headline across mainstream media, that kind of shit should be on the rolling 24 hour news stations.

    Michael Jackson? What the fuck is America thinking? If Michael fucking Jackson is _anywhere_ near the top 10 headlines in mainstream media outlets then the nation is clearly clearly clearly missing out on important news. Voters don't know jack shit and they don't care, because at the end of the day everyone is too busy watching fucking human interest stories and anything else gets nothing but a fleeting mention.

    Can you imagine, for a second, if back in 2001, the September 11th attacks were simply relegated to the trailing 5 minutes of the news? If Michael fucking Jackson had died 8 years earlier and everyone was watching that instead of planes crashing into buildings? No, neither can I, so why the fuck are stories like this pushing real news to the back of the program?

    Now before anyone thinks I'm going to go off on some hippy crap about "the big corporate news networks hiding the truth", I'm not. Its not their fault, its not the medias fault at all, they are businesses, their job is to make a profit by showing the viewers what they want to see. Clearly viewers want to see Michael mother fucking Jackson, clearly that is the demographic we are dealing with. Too many people are retarded.

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  • anoop007

    anoop007

    March 10, 2015, 9:49 pm

    India’s renouned telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) had made its Mahrashtra Goa pre-paid customers elated with another exciting tariff plan by launching 5 new “MAHA MAGIC” plans. BSNl “Magic” tariff plans for its prepaid mobile customers with lower Local and STD calls on the basis of a daily rental, dubbed “Maha Magic plans”. BSNL launched a total of 5 “Maha Magic Plans” with different tariff structures called as “MAHA MAGIC 5″,“MAHA MAGIC 4″, “MAHA MAGIC 2″,“MAHA MAGIC 1.5″ and “MAHA MAGIC 1".

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  • eonOne

    eonOne

    March 11, 2015, 2:34 am

    Well, this doesn't compare at all to some of the other stories, but here goes.

    I was driving home late at night from a high school football game a few years back. I lived about 10 miles out of town, so I got on the freeway. Not two seconds after I merged, I looked in my mirror and saw headlights right behind me. I hadn't seen any cars while I was getting on the freeway, so I figured the guy had been going very fast and came up on me suddenly. For whatever reason, he wasn't passing me, so I tapped my brakes to tell him to get off my ass.

    Apparently, he didn't like that. He leaned on his horn and swerved into the other lane, where he passed me. Then he swerved back in front of me and slammed on his brakes. I went to pass him, but he swerved in front of me again. It was clear he was pissed. He didn't stop, but he made sure I was stuck behind him the entire time I was on the freeway. When my exit came up, I put on my turn signal, hoping he had cooled off a bit and wasn't going to cause me any more grief. Unfortunately, this was not the case. He swerved onto the off-ramp and slammed on the brakes again, but I managed to get back in front of him.

    By this time, you could say I was freaked out. I live in a fairly rural area, so I was worried that bullets were going to start flying at any second. And at that time of night, there were few populated and well-lit places (such as gas stations) where I could pull over and find safety in numbers. I didn't think cops were a viable option, either, considering how far away from town I was. At any rate, I wasn't thinking clearly. I was definitely in "flight" mode.

    In the interest of self-preservation, I blew through the stop sign at the end of the off-ramp and sped off. I knew this area well, so I figured I could lose him. But every time I looked in the mirror, I could see his headlights closing in on me. So, after I rounded a corner on a particularly dark and winding road, I turned into a driveway, pulled away from the road, and shut off the car, hoping he would just drive on by. Thing is, he never did. I waited for a while, but no cars came down the road. I turned the car back on and drove home, very shaken.

    The next day, there was a bit in the police blotter about a drunk who had totaled his car on that road. Obviously, I had no way of knowing for sure if it was the car that had been following me, but it was too much of a coincidence for me to ignore.

    tl;dr: this is a not-so-creepy story about a crazy tailgater.

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  • JohnnyBravo32

    JohnnyBravo32

    March 11, 2015, 7:07 am

    when i was young, it was all sonic 2 and super mario games, i probably have more time playing super mario all-stars than any other game ive played

    primal rage*

    Rampage*

    twisted metal*

    rallisport challenge 2*

    mortal combat 3*

    age of empires*

    sim tower* most under rated game ever

    sim city 2000

    the sims and a couple expansions

    when we got older, well i take that back diablo II and starcraft broodwar were the end of my social life for awhile

    recently i play dirt, grid, call of duty games

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  • U____U

    U____U

    March 11, 2015, 8:46 am

    I don't really care about my Internet life but I think I can say It is cared more about then my real life. I hate my real life. My Internet life takes over it and I don't care about the now and postpone school work. I am now failing IRL and would rather not be alive because of my stupidity. I also read in one class that people who socially anxious or not very social sometimes revert to using forums or chat rooms for communication rather then IRL communication and this really fucked with my out look on life. It also declared that these people have a lower life expectancy then out going people. I can't wait to die but am too much of a loser to commit instant suicide. So I am contemplating a slower version of suicide by doing things such as slightly starving the body, over smoking, sleep deprivation, continually losing blood, and unhealthy choices. I haven't started the process but I think I will.

    HERE IS MY COOL STORY, BROS!

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  • truco

    truco

    March 11, 2015, 4:57 am

    dude the role of the thesis is to lay out the essay's argument. From the first sentence, it seems pretty clear that the essay's argument was to make the case that Barack Obama was indeed a lazy gloryhog. It's not 'one of many interpretations', it's the correct interpretation.

    Here's a breakdown of the sentence:

    >shirking work

    lazy

    >claiming success when he was not entitled to do so

    gloryhog

    >hiding his failures

    failure-prone (probably the biggest stretch, although the fact that the article lists his manifest failures seems to imply this as part of the argument)

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  • A_for_Anonymous

    A_for_Anonymous

    March 10, 2015, 11:58 pm

    I think exactly the same. A seat in the IOC is about the best job in the world: 6 star hotels, escorts, luxury cars... you get anything in order to cast your filthy, corrupt vote. Rio won probably because it had the best girls and they did everything. Now the Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago lobbies should start talking about what they gave to IOC members, who fucked who, where, when and with what sex orientation, and how they tried to sway and corrupt them and how they were outdone by the Rio lobbies, so the world knows.

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  • InAFewWords

    InAFewWords

    March 10, 2015, 3:33 pm

    Oooh, my aunt's house way back when.

    The adults would hear kids running around on the second floor hallway. Not just hear, but you get the ceiling physically pounding from the enthusiastic stomping. My aunt yelled upstairs to tell the younger kids to stop running around up there because someone would get hurt. All of us kids were downstairs, no one was upstairs.

    Same house. My uncle had fallen asleep downstairs. The reclining chair was at the end of the hallway facing a tv. Tv was off so he woke up to seeing the reflection off the tv of someone standing behind him in the hallway. Seat was reclined so he could see over himself and into the hallway. He thought it was my aunt or other uncle and he turned around to talk to them, nobody when he turned around. He freaked the fuck out loud.

    My uncle saw a face in the mirror while taking a shower. He ran out of there screaming right to my aunt. He hid under the covers and told he to check it out.

    My aunt told us kids the condition of the house when they bought it. Everything was painted black. Drapes were thick, dark black-out drapes. There were symbols drawn on the walls. They figured it was one little boy and one little girl haunting the house.

    Tower of Terror, Disney World, Florida @ age 13. Old lady behind me kept touching my left armpit. Just wedging it in there. I felt violated and was thoroughly creeped out when I found out it wasn't an actor on the ride and that it really was just an old grandma with her kids. Although it was also fucking weird that a baby bird flew down into my cheek as I was entering the line just a few moment earlier. It waddled off into the bushes and I just stood there astonished and wondering if anyone else just saw what happened. That ride really hated me.

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  • NotKumar

    NotKumar

    March 10, 2015, 10:10 pm

    >There is nothing wrong with the fact that someone makes more money because they have an advantage. That's how the world works, right?

    >Anyways, the alternative is to slow down how fast people can push equity and liquidity across the globe--not a great idea if people want out of the recession any time soon. The fact that people who know nothing of the capital markets want more regulation on things they don't even understand irks me just a little.

    Agreed. I was concerned about machines making millisecond speed trades and artificially inflating the price that non-supercomputer endowed traders can get. The Stewart show made it seem like the machines were just making quick within-a-second buy/sell trades when the market was transiently undervalued. In that case, it makes it seem like it's artificially inflating the value. But hey, if the trader's willing to buy it at that price anyways, I guess there's nothing wrong with it.

    Going to catch some Z's myself, take it easy.

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  • squigs

    squigs

    March 10, 2015, 8:39 am

    Leave a lot of this out.

    "(They also invented the thumbs up and the thumbs down. Go figure.)" So? I want to hear about clapping. You've gone off at a tangent.

    "I do not mean miracle in the sense of Moses parting the Red Sea for the Jews. More like the miracle of the pudding cup. I mean,"

    You're over-qualifying the statement you just made. We know calling it a miracle is an exaggeration. There's no need to explain what you mean. It makes you look unsure about yourself.

    The whole paragraph about Friends comes across as how you hate the show rather than what it did for clapping.

    "Roman Jews did not kill Jesus, but they murdered synchronized clapping in cold blood."

    Really? Great! How? The previous or next paragraph doesn't explain this.

    Some bits I liked

    "You almost did the claps, didn’t you?" you've made this about the most important topic in the world - ME! More to the point, you made an attempt to get me directly involved. Going on with that, I then relate to you a lot more.

    "The positive counterexamples are rare but wonderful... " good stuff. Solid examples that most readers will be familiar with.

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  • Reddithetic

    Reddithetic

    March 10, 2015, 4:27 pm

    They will have to look to the townspeople. In case you had not noticed- bigger is not better. Removing wall street creates a situation where in order to do business- you need people supporting you that give a shit about the business, not the profit. It would change the face of business entirely, from offshored megacorps that suck all the good out of america and other countries and return NOTHING to humble men looking to keep their business afloat through the good works of other men.

    Small businesses create more jobs than large ones, FYI.

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  • Urbatect

    Urbatect

    March 10, 2015, 12:01 pm

    Sigh, you are doing it again. First its about fraud which was not "deregulated" and still was and is illegal. That disqualifies basically half of your content from linking deregulation as the cause.

    The only thing that remotely can be called "deregulation" here would be the privatization of government banks, to the hands of friends of the politicians doing the privatization. There's a couple of problems here. First there are a lot of private banks around the world that did not end up in the same problem as the Icelandic banks. Second many government entities like Fannie, Freddie, and even banks have gone bankrupt around the world. This strongly suggests that the privatization itself was not the root cause.

    Look, I see that you are angry and want something to blame, but please engage your logical side of your brain. The goal must be to put emotion aside and reach a logically sound conclusion about how and why this disaster was possible.

    Glass Stegall arguably made the financial crisis in the US less bad because it allowed institutions to consolidate and reduce risk. I've never seen anyone argue against this fact, yet I hear a lot of sporadic yells about how its repellation supposedly was a bad thing. Again, we need to come up with actual facts and reasons to get to the bottom of the problems here.

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  • MaxK

    MaxK

    March 11, 2015, 1:52 am

    So batshit insane that on Sept. 12 Iran decides to pass a resolution to drop the dollar and within two weeks the US is talking about military action openly.

    Now the US did destroy it's own currency, but they're trying to staunch the loss of wealth by means of economic stimulus and policies that they hope will lead to depression. That fucks the lower and middle classes but preserves and enhances wealth for the elite. If, however, other countries were to stop trading in dollars -- because, say, oil was no longer mandatorily traded in US dollars the world over -- that could trigger a selloff leading to massive hyperinflation and the collapse of the dollar.

    Either way we're fucked, but one way the rich get to stay rich. Guess which option they're going after?

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  • Baziliy

    Baziliy

    March 11, 2015, 3:33 am

    I've ALWAYS wanted kids. But I won't have any until I can actually afford them. Generally speaking, I hope to have kids before I'm 30, because I don't want to be an old fart parent. That's just me speaking from my own personal experience - when I was 20, my mom and dad were only in their 30's.

    I just really look forward taking them to school, going to their little plays, taking them to the park and showing them off. Plus the whole idea that my child would be the result of myself and the girl I love. It just fascinates me.

    Although, I generally love to tell people I plan on having about 10 kids and simply hoping that one of them will be really successful and support me later on.

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  • severedfragile

    severedfragile

    March 10, 2015, 7:23 pm

    You missed our the Champions League final where Drogba decided to throw a hissy fit and get sent off when his team needed him. When (**WHEN**) Torres leads the line in a Champions League final for Liverpool, I can't guarantee he'll score or even play well, I **can** guarantee he won't implode so spectacularly.

    I always give credit to Drogba, he can be a brilliant player. The caveat is that he has to be in the mood t be a brilliant player. It's not an issue of form, it's an issue of attitude. He's happy now, but when he's not his performances suffer.

    Also, he's on the ground ALL THE FUCKING TIME. It's embarrassing to watch.

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  • trel

    trel

    March 10, 2015, 8:57 am

    I have no idea what you're saying. My initial post made three unexplained claims. There is no attempt at logical argument in that post. My logic is nonexistent.

    "Interfering with police" is not a real crime. You are legally entitled to stand a mile ahead of a speed trap with a sign warning people of the speed trap. "Obstruction of justice" is usually applied to people that lie to police officers. That would not apply in these scenarios.

    Whether or not this man was arrested is irrelevant for determining if he did anything wrong.

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  • Siris11

    Siris11

    March 10, 2015, 2:02 pm

    I completely empathize with you. I know EXACTLY how that feels.

    I worked for Starbucks for 2 years and was promoted to shift lead. Well one day when I was at school I went to the coffee shop on campus and saw a girl working she knew her stuff and was making awesome drinks(sadly this is something i notice) I went up to her and asked if she would possibly like a job at Starbucks, gave her my store card and told her to come and interview with my manager. She did and was hired within the week. WELL.... A month later I was pulled aside by my manager who told me that this girl had stolen 400 dollars from the register. I was told that I had to go outside to the register and send her home. When I told her what was going on she got enraged and told me that I was making a big F******* mistake ratting on her and I would get mine. (by getting mine I assume she ment she would get me back) Well she was pulled in for questioning about the entire event and as soon as she was found guilty of stealing. She then said that I had sexually harassed her on shift MULTIPLE TIMES. in the entire span of her working there, we shared 2 shifts together, and they were less then 30 minutes (I worked nights she worked mornings/ when I came in she was practially leaving) Starbucks having a Zero Tolerance Policy on the matter. Fired her and put me under investigation of sexual harassment at the work place. I was forced to quit after 2 weeks of being suspended. If I didnt quit I would have been fired and I would of had no reference for 2 years of working. It was complete shit my life was thrown upside down especially on my car payments and other bills. I became an electrician for a year but realized it wasnt for me.

    now heres what you wanted to know....

    after being an electrician I went back to starbucks (different store) and applied for a job. And was hired! The computer deemed me unable to be rehired. But the manager had the power to override it if she saw fit.

    I got my job back all I had to do was try.

    You can too. Take it from me you can work there again and not be bitter. The company isnt bad its the people.

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  • briansmith

    briansmith

    March 10, 2015, 5:24 pm

    Let's say I don't use the --external-sort option. If I have a dataset larger than RAM I will swap like crazy unless a cache-oblivious algorithm was used. But, if a cache-oblivious algorithm is used, then --external-sort is only needed for the times where the sysadmin has sized swap too low. But, the sysadmin set the swap low because that was the limit he wanted to set for temporary disk space. In that case, --external-sort would be going against the syadmin's wishes by using more disk space for a temporary job than he designated. And, unless you use very low-level disk I/O routines, the performance of the operating system's virtual memory subsystem will probably be much better than the performance of this explicitly-managed temporary disk usage.

    Let's consider a modification to the MySQL package that includes a special "temporary database" script. This script takes a set of filenames as parameters, generates a bunch of CREATE TABLE statements according to the contents of the plain-text files with those filenames, runs some SQL statements against said database, and then deletes said database. MySQL would then have a superset of the functionality of this program.

    Now, let's consider the --external-sort option again. Let's say the user can say "--external-sort 1GB" to mean that the program will use at maximum 1GB of disk space for sorting. But, why does the program have to use this 1GB of disk space just for sorting? Why not build some (b-tree, hash, or bitmap) indexes instead? What the user is really saying is "I have 1GB of disk space for you to use as you please in order to give me the results quicker."

    Wouldn't it also be cool if a process could tell the OS "Hey, I'm terminating now, so you can give this memory to other apps if you want. *But*, I am probably going to be recalculating the contents of this memory the next time I'm run, so it would be really cool if you could somehow save the contents of this memory for me, so that I don't have to do those recalculations. Thanks!" Actually, you can more-or-less do that by using mmap on a file in /tmp + an application that deletes unopen files in /tmp when disk space gets low. With this, you could sort/index the data only when the data sources change, and use the sorted (indexed) data across multiple runs when the data sources don't change.

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  • ahac

    ahac

    March 10, 2015, 5:49 pm

    > What pissed me off was that the Doctors patient knew all about her (ie from the flash), but did not appear in the doctors 2:17 in which she was perving on the patients father.

    Somehow the kids must know more. Not just the flashforward but actually everything they would know by then.

    Not only did the sick kid know the doctor... the doctors daughter knew the sick kid and she knows about the bad guy.

    edit: She could know the other kid from being with him in the flashforward... but then she would also have to somehow know about the bad guy she mentions in the end.

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  • serume

    serume

    March 11, 2015, 7:59 am

    The women in the video think that they're funny. A lot in the same way as the schoolyard bully who makes fun of and beats up the weakest kid, knowing that no one will try to interfere. In fact, the onlookers will join in and cheer so that the abuse won't be turned on them. As a lot of bullies, I think they're unhappy and have no way of taking out their frustration except on those who are unable or unwilling to fight back.

    The difference between these grown women and children in the schoolyard is of course that the women could take control of their own lives and get some therapy to try to come to terms with their issues.

    Honestly, I've never met a woman who thinks men have no value. I've heard of them, but.. To say that they're sexist doesn't really cut it, as sexism has no real bite. They're racist, gender supremacists who deserve all the scorn we usually reserve for people we place in those categories.

    But as with the 'usual' racists and supremacists, there's something wrong with them and I feel sorry for them. Most of the people I've known who've ended up in extremist groups have disabilities, they come from broken homes and abusive backgrounds. People who hate, people who discriminate, are hurt. They're broken inside. Not that they are excused, but.. I still pity them.

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  • razorblader

    razorblader

    March 11, 2015, 1:15 am

    I could not agree with you more, you are absolutely right.

    As mentioned in a previous comment, my reactions and behavior throughout my childhood screamed 'abuse' and were pretty textbook, but my parents weren't/didn't want to look and see these. I don't judge them for not seeing the signs, but I do judge them for not putting me through counseling, where a trained physician would have.

    I try not to be bitter in life, but some actions committed by my parents I fear, I will never really forgive. The pivotal being the disbelief of my abuse.

    Mum would take me, my sister (older and not abused), cousin and her Mum, to Grandparents' house every week. My Father wasn't close to G/F in the slightest. His excuse for disbelieving me was that when it all came out, I denied sexual abuse. I explained that I had repressed the memories, but he didn't believe in repression, or so he said.

    Over the past 3 years, since it's come out, he's slowly come to terms with it. He still refused to discuss it or say point blank, 'yes, I believe you', so he forced my hand to do something I hoped would never happen.

    I remember my counsellor telling me something that really helped me see it from a different angle. It is easier for parent(s) to believe their child to be a liar, than to take in the fact they were abused under their care.

    I was determined to prove to him, my sister and the rest of my family that I was abused. So, I started the hunt for my G/F. It didn't take long to find him and to cut a long story short, I got the confession on video tape, made DVD copies and mailed them to every member of my family.

    My Dad to this day has refused to watch the DVD, but he did ask me if G/F admitted abusing me, to which I honestly replied, 'yes'.

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  • Turbojelly

    Turbojelly

    March 11, 2015, 2:42 am

    Time for a story about my attempt at home made chilli vodka. Someone named it "Liquid Mouth Death" and the linked story does describe the symptoms quite well.

    Chilli Vodka. Easy to make, Get some vodka, put some chilli;s in it. Wait 2-3 weeks for the vodka and chilli's to change colour and drink. Burning hot and fun to drink.

    1 point of adivce though. Do not listen to anyonet hat says "It;s not proper chilli vodka unless it's been maturing for a year." No seriously don't. I know this becuase I did, and then kept it for 2 more years.

    Year 1. Burning hot pain, 1 shot leaves you drooling like a baby. Your lips and chin covered in burning hot liquid. Still srinkable though.

    Year 2. Barely dirnkable. 1 shot gave people hicups, no one wanted a second shot. Many screams heard from the toilet in the morning.

    Year 3. Replaced chilli's with Birds Eye Chilli's. Proved impossible to drink. Actualy made you cry when you took a shot. Most people bgged for death, some threw up. That was when it earned the name Liquid Mouth Death. I ended up having to use it to unblock my sink. My bleach just wasn't up to the job.

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  • underanalt

    underanalt

    March 10, 2015, 8:42 am

    Yes, we can reform things by kicking out lobbyist-paid incumbents in the primaries.

    Right now the people who vote in primaries are "life-long political-party-X" and they just listen to whatever bullshit the party gives them, and use the candidate that the DLC or RNC recommends. How about we stop letting idiots decide the options for the next election?

    Smart, independent-minded people don't vote in primaries, because they don't want to have a party-affiliation and be labeled a political-party-X since that label has such a negative connotation. It's time for people to give up their pride, and vote in the primaries. We need GOOD candidates in the two major parties.

    Third parties have no success because in the general election there is another group of idiots who say "I'm a life-long X, so I vote this." Why don't we use these people to our advantage, like incumbents have been for the last 200 years?

    Party-line dems will vote for a true progressive dem just as easily as they'll vote for a corporate dem, because they're too stupid to tell the difference. Party-line repubs will vote for a libertarian repub just as easily as a corporate repub for the same reason. Our goal should be to control the primaries so the corporate ones receiving tons of lobbyist money aren't even an option.

    There's just not enough political involvement in America to defeat party-line voters in the general election with a third-party... but if a group of determined people attack incumbents in the primaries we could change both parties.

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  • Turbojelly

    Turbojelly

    March 10, 2015, 7:17 am

    In the UK it;s illegal to use a mobile phone (without a handsfree set) whiule driving. No one pays any attention to it. Years ago when the law came into effect, my friend spotted someone using his mobile while driving, he was weaving around the road and driving dagerously. My friend followed, thinking to report him to the nearby police station. He followed the driver. Saw him stop outside the Police station, get out while still on his phone and walk inside. My friend followed adn tried to report him. Turned out it was the boss of the police station and my friend was rudely told where to go.

    Moral of the story. No one gives a crap.

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  • Nefelia

    Nefelia

    March 10, 2015, 7:43 am

    Older civilizations had millenia of imperial rises and falls before the British ever developed the collective power to join the fray. That the British did so well could be attributed partly to the fact that both of the Asian colossuses, the Mughal Empire and the Chinese Empire, were in heavy decline as the British Empire was on its rapid rise.

    Even the currently dysfunctional Africa hosted several advanced civilizations during periods in which the people of the British Isles were ignorant illiterates. They just happened to have fallen utterly by the time the British reached their prime.

    >It pisses me off that we have to apologise for hundreds of years ago.

    Then don't. People don't expect apologies from citizens of the UK. They might, however, appreciate a little more humility and a lot less boasting about the 'enlightenment' the British brought to the world.

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  • Voerendaalse

    Voerendaalse

    March 10, 2015, 11:16 pm

    For diabetes alone, the risk with drinking diet soft drinks at least one serving a day, was a bit greater, 67% higher than without drinking any of it (or very rarely).

    The numbers are very small, by the way. From the about 5000 observed participants, only 681 drank diet soft drinks daily, and of those only 75 developed diabetes during the study.

    After correction for: demographics, energy intake, dietary factors, adiposity and so on, the risk drops to 1.38 (and the confidence interval is 1.04 to 1.82, showing the uncertainty that's still in this measurement).

    If you assume, again, that people did not all tell the truth about their food intake, then you understand that the true uncertainty about this is even bigger.

    Observational studies in humans are though anyway: you do not know why people eat certain foods (fat people drink more diet soft drinks), you cannot influence what they eat. You cannot make sure they tell you the truth.

    Oh, and also funny: they looked at normal soft drinks too and found NO association with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. That's weird!! I would think that people who drink a lot of soft drinks, eat unhealthier and therefore would develop metabolic syndrome and diabetes more often...

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  • jswhitten

    jswhitten

    March 11, 2015, 1:29 am

    Well, I'm not convinced that any plan Obama ends up signing is even going to be a minor improvement overall. We'll have to wait and see I guess. And I agree, maybe Obama really does want to reform the system and knows he's powerless to do so, or maybe he doesn't care and is just doing what he's paid to do. Doesn't really matter--we are equally screwed either way.

    I think it'll be a much easier fight starting at the state level. California has already passed a single payer universal health care bill twice, only to have the bill vetoed both times by our republican movie star governor. He'll be out of office after next year's election, and if he's replaced by a Democrat, California most likely will have single payer in 2011. That's 1/7th of the US population right there, and other states are sure to follow California's lead if the system works.

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  • donaldrobertsoniii

    donaldrobertsoniii

    March 10, 2015, 9:22 am

    Race is in large part a social construct. After all, Barack Obama and Dick Cheney are distant cousins. Like gender, a person's race within society is dependent on a lot of different factors, and can sometimes change with context.

    All of my older siblings are adopted, and none of them are white. My sister and one of my brothers have always lived in a sort of nexus world where among white people they are black and among black people they are not. One of my other brothers, who is an Hispanic-Philipino, has often been told that he looks just like our father, even though he's not biologically related in any way. Interpreting the race of another (or even one's self!) is not always a simple task.

    Race is a complex identifier, based in appearance, genetics, culture and context. To differentiate people based on race "properly" is not something that can be readily done. We end up defaulting to mindless binary systems where a person either is or isn't, and the person becomes a color, and that color effects a judgment.

    It's interesting to note, that until this point, I didn't think to point out explicitly that I am white. This is a part of being white.

    The reality is that race as reality is nonsense, but race as something we have to deal with is real. We shouldn't ignore either of those facts.

    tl;dr: I mean, honestly, what fricking race is "The Rock?"

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