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Topic: Serious Discussion / Darren Wilson a murderer.

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

Blacks have been equal for years? Uh… not by a long shot. Can you provide any example? Are you talking about professional sports?

No, I think he was referencing Affirmative Action.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Now from the government! Pay per mile!

Originally posted by vikaTae:

Why are we assuming every vehicle is being tracked? All either an odometer or GPS measuring method need to send off is the milage. In the case of a GPS system it can internally discount any milage not done on a public road. Would be easy to set up so if the road’s not on the map, don’t add it.

Twilight, if I gave you a report saying my car did 26,000 miles in the past year, would you be able to use that to determine where I’ve been? What times I went to where? Who I’ve been meeting with?

I’m not sure how people are proposing this be set up, I was just trying to stress that your personal comings and goings are not my business or anyone else’s business, unless you were under investigation by law enforcement. If an agency was able to track at any given moment where someone was, it wouldn’t seem appropriate. We don’t need to know everything from who’s cheating on their spouse, to what stores they frequent (as much as marketers would love to get their hands on such info).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Now from the government! Pay per mile!

Originally posted by Kasic:

Good and bad. Car gets stolen? Track it. You get into an accident out in the middle of nowhere and are unable to call for help? Law enforcement can find you. etc. Does it have the potential for abuse? Certainly – pretty much everything does.

This is a tough one, conceptually. I can definitely see the potential for abuse, and do not see the need for every vehicle to be tracked. That’s the negative aspect.

On the other hand, if a child were stolen and someone managed to get the plate number/description, it could be an invaluable resource for finding them that much sooner.

Edit: So maybe this feature, if it’s becoming the standard for cars, should only be able to be activated/accessed on authority from law enforcement. Just regular Joe’s or government employees looking at your travel habits…not so much.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should intelligent animals be given more rights?????????

Originally posted by dd790:

Your statement means that to me anyone that doesn’t speak English is not intelligent as I cannot “talk to them one on one and both make sense”. I know a little bit of a few languages and I am able to get by with non-English speakers to an extent using broken bits of language, tone of voice and body language, but the level of communication is probably not far beyond what I have with my dog. He (my dog) understands a few words, what the tone of my voice means, and can read body language better than any person.

Not only that, but they may have latent skills we’re not yet even aware of. Articles have been written about how cats could detect earthquakes well in advance of their occurrence. Also, some researchers are thinking that dogs can be used to detect cancer; they are already widely used in the law enforcement community as search/rescue and drug/bomb detection. These dogs—who go above and beyond the call of duty (whether they know it or not)—are even considered regular peace officers or soldiers

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should intelligent animals be given more rights?????????

Originally posted by WorthoftheGirth:

what are you a fucking racist

snakes make great pets

Are you serious? I LOL’d at this. I like snakes—I have two of them as pets. But they’re not quite in the same category as the cats.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Originally posted by masteroftheaxe:

People do not mind working hard to get ahead in a fair system. Sooner or later they tire when they realize the system is rigged and they will never get ahead.

Sadly, very true (especially in a society run by nepotism). People either fight harder, give up, or leave when caught in this predicament, because what’s the point of treading water?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should intelligent animals be given more rights?????????

OK, let’s make this a more specific discussion. Three different groups:

1. Apes/primates and dolphins

2. Housecats/housedogs/misc. household pets and companions such as ferrets

3. Insects, snakes, and animals of the lower variety (often considered vermin)

Do you think the first two categories should be allowed more rights and considerations than the third? We often do this without thinking about it. For instance, a veterinarian wouldn’t think twice if you stepped on an insect; however, trampling your pet for fun would be considered abuse.

Also, should having a specific breed of animal as a companion (a housecat versus a feral cat) inherently give it more rights? Discuss.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by masterofthegun:

You are a fool, how long is the contract you signed? I know over a two year period it usually costs $2,000 – $3,000 for the life of the phone. I thought people would understand I was not directly talking about the phone itself but also the contract.

He’s not a fool, if you were going to be with the same company for several years (and why wouldn’t you, unless you like to jump providers a lot?) you may as well get something free out of it. I never leave AT&T, so I signed on and got a 0.99 iPhone. I know how they are thinking and how their business model works. As long as both parties get something out of it, there’s nothing wrong with that.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Village idiot sent packing

Originally posted by masterofthegun:

The PRESIDENCY is more important to maintain at all costs than the PERSON who is currently President. John F Kennedy forgot that and look what it got him. Obama is heading down the same tracks with the amount of people deep inside the government he is pissing off. Never forget the motto " The magic bullet never stops flying "

Obama is a deeply hateful man who is intent on running this country into the ground. We need real leadership, fast before we enter open civil war.

OK, but what does this have to do with his kids?

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
I’m a little mixed on this.

That I didn’t expect.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Village idiot sent packing

Originally posted by wildchild2:


What do you think about politicians attacking the family of the enemy side? Be it Republican or Democrat. I find it vile and distasteful. I hope this woman never works anywhere near government again and joins the local McDonalds.

Attacking the family is a pretty low tactic, and most of the general public recognizes that. I was a little disappointed when I heard that the employee in question had criticized Obama’s daughters, because they really didn’t do anything wrong; they were just looking bored while Dad gave a speech (this is normal behavior for someone that age). I think the person who criticized them had probably been criticizing Obama for a while, got carried away, and allowed it to cross over onto his kids.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by sanii:

Whats wrong with it being “just a transfer of wealth”? In canada, the rich:

A) Accept that using the Canadian education system, roads, emergency services, infrastructure, subsidies, ect, comes with a indirect cost to pay via taxes.

OR

B) Deny that the Canadian government has helped them in any way in amassing their wealth, and avoid paying said taxes (AKA tax fraud).

In canada, group B is almost universally shunned as unethical and arrogant/lazy/cheap.

I respect and appreciate the Canadian healthcare system (or what I know of it), but things traditionally haven’t been done that way in the U.S., for better or worse. There’s really no perfect system. You can pay high taxes and have no concern as to how you get your healthcare coverage (Canada), but I’m sure there’s often longer wait times. On the other hand, in the U.S., you sometimes have to scramble for coverage—and barring any unique donut holes, it’s there—but it’s often more timely when you get it.

Why are people talking about illegal immigration?

Because the thread got slightly derailed.

Originally posted by wildchild2:

Freeloaders who do not help their tribe need to be banished like the Native Americans used to do, not give them free food and medical care while they do nothing to help the tribe.

Hey, even the Bible says the man who does not work shall not eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10). I definitely have issues with someone who refuses to get off their ass after an extended period of time.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Stupid People

Originally posted by vikaTae:

I’d class intelligence as the ability to problem-solve, Kasic. The ability to look at a problem or any situation and analyse possible ways out of it.

Interesting. That’s the way our family always assessed the intelligence level of our cats—i.e. Were they able to open the blinds/doors by themselves? Did they respond to training and certain cues after a while or just repeat the same action while expecting different results? I suppose it could be the same for people but on a more sophisticated scale.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why does it seem our colored folk in the country complains a lot?

^ LOL

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

So, basically….it is just business as usual for those who have been exploiting a group of ppl for years by enticing them to move here w/ the offers of low paying jobs and even lower standards of living than most poor have in America.

I think the big problem here is something Vika alluded to above, which is that it’s placing a strain on an unemployment market that is an Employer’s Market. Discussions in real life abound as to how a bachelor’s degree is becoming the new high school diploma (and by extension, a HS diploma is probably worthless); why is that? At the risk of sounding like an old person, a bachelor’s degree used to actually mean something. I think a big part of the problem is the exploding population—a large part of which are illegals—and the subsequent shifting of lower skilled jobs to people who would have normally commanded a much better salary (since they now have so much competition).

Yeah, let’s blame the wormy cats for coming to our back porch because we toss out our food scraps.


If I’m interpreting this analogy correctly, it sounds as though you say our generous social services are to blame for the feral illegal immigrant problem. If that’s the case, I agree, and think they should be cut off. Why should our states go into deficit bending over backwards to be humanitarian and support citizens that aren’t even ours? As a former professor of mine once said, if an American citizen went down to Mexico and tried to do the same thing, they would be laughed out of the social services building.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do you guys think the earth has became hell itself?

When I was in medical school I was pretty sure I’d gone to hell.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Remove all social safety nets!

Originally posted by vikaTae:

If you are going to modify the welfare state, I would strongly emphasize not doing so in a way that penalises those whose inability to work or limited ability to work is not through any fault of their own. Yes, you are more than welcome to take money from those who truly are slackers, but if your pursuit of slackers takes money needed to live away from someone with for example, advanced parkinsons who is lucid some days and much, much less so on others due to the condition, then you are doing something very, very wrong in how you are approaching the issue.

I absolutely agree; I think there is a time and place (and a justified allotment) for those who are disabled and unable to work, or fully work. A little more on this—I think the system should not be such that just everyone collects disability, but it also shouldn’t put people who are trying to legitimately apply for a disability benefit through the ringer (I’ve seen extreme bureaucracies do this).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Remove all social safety nets!

Originally posted by groolgirl:

That is the entire point. Survival of the fittest. Not everyone is supposed to do well and prosper, some people just never “get” life and can get it together. Society props these people up right now despite the fact they can never become anything of value to society. Society during the process drains resources and time on these people, often taking the resources from other people who do “get” it and giving it to these people for free. I know it’s a fact that people are living off of social programs never intended to be used to live off of, and they plan to live off them their entire lives. I see it everyday at my job at Social Security. We all know as a back office joke that it is unsustainable.

I think the original intention (of the programs) was to provide a helping hand to people who really needed it, while providing a pathway to work/self-sufficiency for the greatest number of people possible. That’s not a bad model, overall, but the reason it’s running into problems right now is because of abuses—some by those getting the benefits for life while not trying to work (welfare queens), and perhaps some by the administration (encouraging people to get on social programs rather than work and pay for their own). Still, a civil society provides some measure of aid to their downtrodden, even if only a little.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Insightful Quotes

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

I guess that would depend greatly upon what one contends a “good analogy” to be.
Or maybe, just how willing they are make the effort to see one?

I don’t consider it a good analogy. The first two scenarios describe hoarders; the last scenario describes (in biased/unsympathetic terms) a wealthy individual who is accumulating money they likely earned.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Insightful Quotes

Originally posted by CptAtencio:


Not really a good analogy.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

Vote Centrist.

How would anyone ever be able to vote centrist? There’s usually a very strong Democratic candidate and a very strong Republican candidate leading each race; the rest are ignored. The more they can get to their end of the spectrum on issues (left or right), the better it is usually perceived by their voting base. The third and fourth guy, if he even exists, is ignored and shows up as an extraneous name on a ballot.

The closest I saw a third party candidate come to acquiring a voting base was Ross Perot in 1992, but that was an anomaly.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by gunghoman:

Take for example the historic miscalculation that Obama is about to enact. Amnesty for all illegal aliens in this country. He is about to with his magic pen legalize all illegals and allow anyone to abuse this countries immigration laws at will.

This in particular bothers me the most; the mass amnesty that may be taking place when our economy is fragile, services are competitive, and we can ill afford it. I hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does, I certainly hope there is a way to negate or reverse it.

Originally posted by KidFoolish:


One of the most insulting things my family who is latino is upset about is the fact we waited for years in Mexico to immigrate the legal way into the USA. It took over 10 years for my parents to immigrate the legal way! Now our president is going to just say all the people who cheated can be citizens as well is wrong!

I’m sorry about the fact that you have followed all the rules and law-breakers seem primed to cruise in past you; it doesn’t feel very fair, does it? I’ve heard other Mexican Americans reiterate this same claim; they are not in favor of amnesty and do not like being lumped in with illegals.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
A balance of WHAT?
Each of them so far our on the ends of a very long teeter-totter than they have lost sight of the middle?

The problem with the argument about the middle (as appealing as moderacy seems in theory) is that the “middle” keeps shifting and is entirely relative. What was the “middle” a hundred years ago? Even fifty years ago? Probably more like what Republican is today.

Edit: But if you’re trying to say that the parties are highly polarized and have a hard time finding solutions together, I agree. I’ve not seen a political climate as heated and partisan as the one we have right now.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Individuality - What makes you so special?

Originally posted by brashhamster:

Hey there, I would not waste time with steelwoman. She is someone who is damaged and is full of hate it seems, I finally read all of her posts. I just pray she is full of shit, because if she is serious she is in my opinion dangerous.

I really don’t think she is trolling, my instincts tell me she is serious and truly believes what she says. That makes her dangerous. If she wants to debate that, she is more than welcome to address me.

I agree with these points. And by the way, where is steelwoman? Did she just post in a flurry and then depart SD permanently, or is she still engaging anywhere?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
It is YOU who is drinking the GOP brand of Killer Koolaid if you believe a majority of voters said anything.

? I’m confused. The GOP was predicted to take the Senate, the GOP took the Senate, there was no (known) corruption or doctoring of these votes and numbers, and it seemed to be by a decent margin/threshold. How is this not a reflection of the majority of voters?

I consider myself more of a moderate, but these swings back and forth (Democrat to Republican, and back) invariably happen. As frustrating as they are for both parties, they’re actually useful in maintaining balance.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

I can say, in a very general way, that EVERYBODY does benefit from having a whoooole lot more ppl in our society actually have some decent, AFFORDABLE healthcare. The ways in which this happens are many & often very subtle.

Has it been proven though that this program was beneficial overall? My impression of healthcare before the ACA—and I’ve had healthcare of all different kinds—was that there was a niche to cover every group and provide them with healthcare they could afford and access. Example: You make under $28,000 for a family of 3, you are all entitled to Medcaid with no co-payments. You make more than that, your kids are still entitled to Medicaid but the adults can buy an individual health insurance plan for between $30/month (catastrophic only) to $150/month (more comprehensive), which they could presumably afford because of the higher income threshold.

Also, I do feel strongly everyone should have some type of healthcare insurance that cares for them. I’m just not convinced that the ACA, which unsettled a lot of programs/families that had a working system, was the best solution.