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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 1, 2018, 10:56 Pigeon
 
D’Amico, who admitted to spending $500 but said he quickly replaced the funds, told the Inquirer that giving the money to a recovering drug addict would be like “giving him a loaded gun.”

“Giving him all that money, it’s never going to happen. I’ll burn it in front of him,” he told the publication ahead of Thursday’s decision.

'How dare that homeless man be so ungrateful towards our attempts to control him for his own good.'

While I won't be surprised if they were stealing money, they're probably more guilty of making bad decisions with the money. Or they could be trying in earnest to help, but the old adage about horses and water is proving true. Working in mental health I see a lot of people who want help, but resist it when given. I think in many instances they have the idea that they're going to be given the magic pill, or that a therapist is going to say that one thing that provides total enlightenment. The truth is the path to mental wellness takes a lot of very hard work on the part of the person seeking treatment. Even people who understand that still struggle, changing behavioral patterns that have been established over years, decades or a lifetime is not easy.

Anyways, I digress. Probably the best thing for this guy would have been a trust setup to pay out a very livable amount every month over several years. It would keep him from blowing it all in one go, and the consistent stable income may have led to stability in other areas of his life. And more importantly the couple wouldn't be acting as gate-keepers to all that money.
 
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News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition Launches
17. Re: Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition Launches Aug 31, 2018, 15:43 Pigeon
 
I was reading about this game last week and it seems like something I'd enjoy so I put it on my wish list. Good to know it has the recommendation of so many here.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 31, 2018, 12:07 Pigeon
 
I'm in a loaner car while mine is in the shop, and it has the lane change detection for the turn signal. It's nice in normal traffic but with heavy rush hour traffic that thing tries to give me a heart attack. I see I have enough room to get over hit the signal as I start moving over *BEEBEEBEE BEEP* 'WHAT WHATS THERE?!?! oh is that all' and then it's too late.

Turn signal thing would be nice, at least give a little warning, assuming it's not overly sensitive.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 30, 2018, 21:53 Pigeon
 
NKD wrote on Aug 30, 2018, 18:42:
Beamer wrote on Aug 30, 2018, 16:27:

Incidentally, I once found out that the real head of the Catholic Church was Jim Henson, whose soul lives in the original Swedish Chef puppet. He whispers in the Pope's ear every night.

That must be really annoying. Hearing whispers of "Børk Børk Børk" in your ear, waking up, and no one is there, just the faint odor of Swede.

I dare anyone to find evidence that it's not happening!!
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 30, 2018, 16:16 Pigeon
 
Step 1: Make an accusation, provide no evidence or justification
Step 2: FBI or other enforcement/authoritative body investigates and finds absolutely no evidence
Step 3: Make accusation that FBI's inability to finds evidence on the accusation that was made with no evidence is evidence the FBI is part of the conspiracy.

The only thing that's sadder than that tactic is that it works so well at convincing so many people.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 29, 2018, 20:46 Pigeon
 
FCC:
Proximity to competition is just as good as actual competition. Better really since having to make a choice is such a bother. And if you really want to go with a competitor you can just buy a house in another area, because that's a completely reasonable thing to do.

Musk:
So by making baseless accusations, he has provided zero evidence or explanation for, is he hinting at a run for the presidency? Can the internet get a petition going that requests he stop engaging in this asshattery and focuses back on making cool future shit?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 29, 2018, 11:53 Pigeon
 
Matt Smith To Join "Star Wars" Episode IX. Who?

Good job Blue

VIII made such a cluster fuck out of the story my desire to see IX is damn near nill. The only reason I'd want to see it is to see how the fuck they're going to untangle this mess, SPOILERS: they're not.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 29, 2018, 11:18 Pigeon
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 29, 2018, 11:11:
The rebuttal was beautiful
We bought a bunch of surplus voting machines on eBay and put them in a room. I believe many of our foreign adversaries already have eBay capability, so perhaps it would be prudent to use election equipment that can withstand eBay-based threats.

Great little quote that quickly destroy's ES&S's position:
Ignorance of insecurity does not get you security.

So in general when someone says there's nothing to see behind the curtain or that looking behind it will cause more harm than good, then there's probably a very good reason to be looking.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Aug 29, 2018, 10:33 Pigeon
 
NKD wrote on Aug 29, 2018, 03:55:
Christ this guys voice is grating. Tried to get through it but I couldn't.

I find the voice is part of the "charm" of the character, to each his own I guess. It made a lot of good points about things I'd not really thought too much about., like how it's structured more like a comedy than than an action movie i.e. the story and events are driven by the main characters being idiots. I got hung up on all the illogical crap like dropping bombs in space, the white bronco chase while every other fucking ship in the galaxy was apparently able to come and go with ease, and also Rose coming off like a self insert from a fan-fiction.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 27, 2018, 13:14 Pigeon
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 27, 2018, 11:34:
NKD wrote on Aug 27, 2018, 10:40:
Should we really be giving robots spears? What's next? Rocks?
claws
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/russia-unveils-menacing-45-tonne-13116054


Oh shit soviet ED-209. The only thing that would make that look more Russian is if it had a turned up Ushanka and was doing the prisyadka move.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2018, 11:11 Pigeon
 
Canceled my HBO now sub, sounds like it's going to be until Mid-Late 2019 when I resub . By that time they're going to need a full episode dedicated to rehashing everything that's happened. It's bad enough characters from 5 seasons ago pop up and you're supposed to remember why they're important.  
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
5. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Aug 27, 2018, 08:46 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 27, 2018, 05:10:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 26, 2018, 20:30:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 26, 2018, 17:22:
Student arrested for posting 'The Walking Dead: Our World'.

Reading the story, it doesn't sound like he did anything intimidating. Anything I'm missing?
If the officer had done nothing and the kid shot up the school there would be hell to pay.
Bad judgement all the way around, but in the end no harm no foul.

I could see them questioning him, and even his parents, to determine his mental state (maybe), but an arrest just seems waaay over the top.

Unless he was making threats or trying to shoot the virtualized students (if that's even possible) this is completely ridiculous. He had to post $1k bond to not sit in jail, is facing expulsion, and will likely have to face a criminal trial because some delicate flower got scared over nothing and a pack of over-reactionaries over-reacted.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2018, 14:31 Pigeon
 
afka Rossini wrote on Aug 26, 2018, 13:58:
RIP John McCain. I had no idea he'd refused to use his family connections for early release until other POW's who'd been there longer were freed. We can only hope he's not the last of politicians who put country over party.

I've been watching the Ken Burns Vietnam documentary on Netflix and they showed the video McCain was forced to make. Apparently he was beaten afterwards for not adequately expressing how well he was being taken care of. But he got captured so that was his own fault /orangetwittertroll

I was always disappointed he swung so hard right to get his party's nomination for the 2008 election unleashing Palin on the country in the process. However he wasn't afraid of speaking up when he thought something was wrong, even if it meant criticizing his own party, and that's something the members of both parties' should start embracing. His voice will be missed.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
8. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 25, 2018, 21:20 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on Aug 25, 2018, 20:41:
Drove down the wrong side of the highway, so he was either drunk or high, and killed a mom and her daughter, the fucking piece of shit. I hope he burns in hell.



Sounds like the dude went psycho:

Witnesses told police that about a half an hour earlier the black McLaren smashed through a fence at a local elementary school and drove away at high speed.

Could have been drugs and/or triggered by something. Hopefully more comes out about this later. It might not matter now, but it'd at least be nice to know why two people died because of him.

The Bobbitt story is very sad. It's hard to know what really happened, I've seen more than enough to know either or both sides are lying or have distorted thinking over what's happened. I also know trying to control someone's behavior through the gifting or withholding of money
is a powder keg of drama. They should have given him access to all the money from the start instead of acting as the gatekeepers; if he blows it all then that's on him.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 25, 2018, 11:22 Pigeon
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 25, 2018, 11:03:
The best part is these cannons are proven to be 100%...



...ineffective

The automaker said it now plans to install "anti-hail nets" over more than 150 acres to protect its cars. It said it would continue to use the cannons if needed.

For 150 acres I'm sure the nets cost a lot more, but on the other hand are actually effective. They probably offer some secondary benefits as well, such as reducing the amount of direct sunlight the cars get. Though by the time UV damage starts to be apparent the cars will be in the hands of customers.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 24, 2018, 10:34 Pigeon
 
Those rims look like they're made of plastic o_O  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 23, 2018, 08:55 Pigeon
 
I suppose people get away with acting a complete horse's-ass on social media often enough they're surprised when there are actually repercussions. Mentioning your employer and being vulgar is a particularly bad idea, even more so when it's a well known organization like NASA.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Aug 22, 2018, 20:05 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on Aug 22, 2018, 19:30:
Eh, I always enjoyed it. There were some good, smart jokes in there even if the show was mostly "HAHA NERDS". The thing that I always felt was a bit absurd was that they were literally fans of EVERYTHING nerd. They larp'ed, they D&D'ed, they did CCGs, they collected comics, they went full star trek nerd, they played MMOs and console games, they cosplayed, went to cons/fairs etc etc etc.

That's like having a non-nerd be into NASCAR, ballet, fly-fishing, soccer, chess, competitive eating and curling all at once.

But they had good jokes, and really fun episodes. Even so, it was getting really stale after six or seven seasons. 12 seasons is way too long for any show to exist.

It's been a long time since I've seen it, but I generally enjoyed it. I agree 12 seasons is too long for any show *cough*simpsons*cough**cough*. Still a sitcom that runs too long is better than drama that doesn't know when to stop.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Aug 21, 2018, 21:04 Pigeon
 
I can tell everything wrong with the movie Rampage in one sentence: They made a movie out of an arcade game from 1986.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Op Ed Aug 21, 2018, 17:09 Pigeon
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 15:28:
LibertyOrDeath wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 15:19:
You liberals...

Look up the word communist and do an in-depth study of the topic. First, you will find that most modern liberals think and believe in communism. Second, you will find that communism fails. Just ask people who have lived it. Yes, the USSR used to believe in communism. Today, even Putin knows that communism does not work. Sadly, many Americans were raised in socialist think tanks called colleges and universities where they teach that this garbage succeeds.

Actually, no modern liberals think and believe in communism. I mean, they believe it exists, but they don't want it. That's a strawman that YouTube boogeymen want you to believe. Not even democratic socialists want communism. Or true socialism.

See, what outrage-based-conservatives never seem to understand is that the US, and the entire Western world, isn't pure capitalism. It's a mix of capitalism and socialism. We don't have a true free market, and we never will. We never really did. However, we're closer to it now than we have been since the days when 8 year olds were working 16 hour days in factories. We're pretty far from the 50s, when socialist policies in America had top income tax brackets above 90%. The good ol'days, the glory days of America, had some really heavily socialist views that we've since moved away from. The liberals you call socialists or communists just want to shift a bit. Given that I can't imagine you have a net worth in the 8 or 9 figures, this would benefit you greatly.

Communism, though, is when all means of production are owned by the State. You'll struggle to find a single "modern liberal" that wants that, let alone "most." But if you believe everything some screaming white dude on YouTube tells you, then yes, all liberals in America want the government to take control of their businesses.

Pfft, that's what liberal socialist higher education think tanks want you to think communism is. If you had done an in depth study on the topic you would know it really means any opinion on governance a liberal holds no matter how that opinion changes or what that opinion is.
 
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