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The Lounge A flamboyant thread w/ razzle dazzle about the 2016 presidential primary elections May 22 2015
19:30 (UTC)
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Wait....so Fox is saying that they trust polling numbers now?

Or are they suddenly going to start redefining what they mean by "national polls"?

The Lounge There's no way out! May 21 2015
16:44 (UTC)
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Original Post by cajunrider:

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

What happens if you keep the radio turned off?

We just got into the car, turned on the radio for our local news and the radio didn't response at all for about 30 minutes. We turned if off and drove home. The next day we turned on the radio one last time before going to the dealer to get it checked out and lo and behold, every thing works but now we have XM channels. I know my car manufacturer has an agreement with Sirius and that my radio has the chipsets by STMicroelectronics so it is likely that even though I didn't subscribe, they turned it back on to entice me. I just don't like things to be done to me without my consent. Of course I can disconnect the power to the radio but by golly it is my radio. I want to use it the way I want to use it. Taking over the control without my consent pisses me off.

Are you under the impression that you "own" your car?

The Lounge Why wasn?t he charged with terrorism? May 18 2015
21:52 (UTC)
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It appears they only charged him with "interstate communication of threats."  Even if not fitting the legal requirements for "terrorism", why wouldn't there be charges involving a conspiracy to commit murder, or something like that?

The Lounge Do you believe Bill Cosby or the women? May 16 2015
14:26 (UTC)
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Original Post by wwwilliam:

Who's fault is it?

I suppose it depends on the individual situation and your definition of "consent."

The Lounge Funeral procession etiquette May 14 2015
20:02 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

And of those who do stop, they aren't sure how many cars are in the procession. A lot of cars since the 90s have daytime running headlights on all the time, so that doesn't necessarily indicate who is with the funeral any more. You could conceivably sit there all day because all the cars coming down the road have their headlights on.

What's common in my area is the cars in the procession have their hazard lights on (constant on and off blinking) in addition to having yellow "funeral" decals on their side windows.

And I'm not sure if all funeral homes do it, but the one not too far from my house has an employee stand in the road with a stop sign to ensure the procession leaves as an uninterrupted line.

However, I don't think I've ever seen any funeral procession in South County St. Louis be broken up by impatient drivers, stop sign or not.  It seems to me to be basic courtesy.

The Lounge Banning peanuts in schools May 13 2015
22:21 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

For sure if we let them get hungry enough, they'll probably break down and eat things that violate their chosen ethics. So nobody will starve. And that's what we want, of course, to break the moral will of young vegans.

So, the unavailability of nut based products or sandwich spreads for one meal a day means that young vegans will be so desperate for sustenance that they will resort to eating bologna?  Their parents need some recipe books.

I'm pretty sure a vegan diet is capable of having a little more variety than that.

The Lounge Banning peanuts in schools May 13 2015
20:18 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

In a comment above, nebi said that some schools are banning other spreads along with peanut butter because they can't tell them apart.

That makes it seem like an unreasonable burden on vegans, to me.

While I agree, I'll also point out that there are still plenty of non-spread vegan foods (why is everyone hung up on sandwich spreads?).  

I would have to do some research to find out how many are so ambiguous in appearance that they can't be differentiated from allergen foods.

The Lounge Banning peanuts in schools May 13 2015
16:55 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by santonacci:

There are, quite literally, hundreds of things to put in a lunch that are both vegan and not peanut butter.

Do they have the same amount of protein?
Are they as convenient?
And do they taste as good?

 

I haven't performed a comparative analysis on nutrition value, but I think I can say with limited certainty that most vegan alternatives are not going to be as tasty as the fat and salt laden items designed to be so addictive that quitting them is said to be just as hard as quitting nicotine.

As for convenience, I would guess probably not, at least until stores see the profit potential in catering to allergy prone populations. So I guess some people might have to delay some TV time to cook every now and then.

The Lounge Banning peanuts in schools May 13 2015
15:57 (UTC)
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Original Post by vegandaisydoll:

I'm honestly just curious because i like peanut butter and I was thinking about what if my future child had an allergy to nuts, what I would do & how I would react because I feel like some parents put there kids in a bubble and expect everyone else to protect there kid too.

Well, I'm guessing that, like a lot of parents, you'd know about other foods your child likes besides peanut butter and you'd educate your child on how to handle their allergy.

Granted, if I needed to cut out the peanut butter from my youngest son's lunch selection, our options are limited because he's a very picky eater.  But it means we send a cheese sandwich or a thermos of soup - he's not going to starve.

But, like I said, I think there's a better way to handle it - children can't be sheltered forever.  What's getting me is a reactive devotion to peanut butter as if that's the only thing a child can bring in their lunch, and without it lunch isn't even possible.

There are, quite literally, hundreds of things to put in a lunch that are both vegan and not peanut butter.

The Lounge Banning peanuts in schools May 13 2015
00:39 (UTC)
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Original Post by vegandaisydoll:

Hey, I'm just going off things I've read in articles from pissed off parents that want all nuts banned and for every single kid to only bring nut free food so THERE kid won't die. One lady literally said if someone eats peanuts and breathes on her son that he'll die so all students should only eat peanuts after school, like um wtf

So, you're upset at parents who are concerned about the critical health needs of their children and think that there are alternative inexpensive items to pack in a school lunch besides a PBJ?

"wtf" indeed...

ETA:  I mean, I think there's a better way to approach the situation, but seriously - none of these kids can bring a turkey or bologna sandwich?

The Lounge Could have been the big news for today May 06 2015
13:38 (UTC)
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Watch out, homosexuals - You've been sued.

The Lounge Baltimore is in Flames May 06 2015
13:27 (UTC)
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Original Post by amwick:

Original Post by kathygator:

Original Post by lysistrata:

There was reasonable suspicion to detain him, yes.  I don't see that there was probable cause to arrest, and there certainly wasn't cause to neglect him to death in the van.

Well said.

But this has not been establish, by any facts.  It is wrong on face value since he died in the hospital after emergency treatment... such as intubation and things of that nature.    I am surprised because you usually seem to want and see definite evidence, if that is possible..

 

 

While the police simply describe it as a "medical emergency during transport",  when they finally bothered to call for medical assistance, the medic determined he was in cardiac arrest.  

It's not the emergency treatment that killed him, unless you're really asserting now that medical personnel were incompetent.  In which case I have to ask if you think that has been established by any facts.

The Lounge interesting (and terrifying) article on the Koch brothers and their influence May 06 2015
10:34 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

What, did they suddenly start giving more than Steyer and Bloomberg give to Democrats?

Well, I'm pretty sure $889 million beats those, but I will have to do some math on the others.

ETA:  And yes, that's a sum total of money they're essentially "bundling" from other donators and sources, but the influence of the Kochs is not limited to their individual donation amounts.  The closest thing democrats have to that kind of network is The Democracy Alliance, and they still can't touch the Koch's.

The Lounge Baltimore is in Flames May 05 2015
19:50 (UTC)
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Original Post by amwick:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by amwick:

Original Post by lysistrata:

I know about Terry detentions (I guarantee the prosecutor does as well) and I don't see the charges being thrown out.

So do you believe that there was no legal reason to stop and then arrest Freddie Gray?   There are so many charges against 6 people, it is hard to sort them out.

There was reasonable suspicion to detain him, yes.  I don't see that there was probable cause to arrest, and there certainly wasn't cause to neglect him to death in the van.

Now I have heard by way of LI, and Andrew Branca, the police investigation has e determined that the knife illegal, although the SA special investigators say that it was legal. 

"Baltimore Police Department Task Force has determined conclusively that Gray’s knife was of the spring-assisted type, and that such spring-assisted knives fall within the scope of Baltimore code §59.22."

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Link doesn't work.

Let's say that investigators agree that the knife was indeed illegal and the arrest was justified.

How does that justify the negligence that led to his death? Are police officers not obligated to follow their own procedure and buckle people in for transport and respond to requests for medical attention?

The Lounge Could have been the big news for today May 04 2015
16:36 (UTC)
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Original Post by kathygator:

I liked her reply, and I think it fed into Roberts' narrative, leaning toward gender discrimination as a way to resolve the issue without the need to revise the constitution.

That's a Gins-Burn....

The Lounge A flamboyant thread w/ razzle dazzle about the 2016 presidential primary elections May 04 2015
13:49 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

I'll take a closer look at Carson and see what all the ado is about.

There are a lot more details out there, but of the more notable tidbits is his insistence that Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to this country since slavery.

The Lounge A flamboyant thread w/ razzle dazzle about the 2016 presidential primary elections May 04 2015
12:51 (UTC)
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Original Post by kathygator:

Ha! Ben Carson. Just HA!

I'm torn between fist pump and facepalm on that one.  Not that the debates were going to be anything but a farce anyway....

The Lounge Muddying the water further May 01 2015
19:36 (UTC)
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Well, it's certainly not unheard of, however, in the cases I can recall hearing about, the video was clear evidence that the charges were false.

For me, it certainly makes the case for making body and dashboard cameras mandatory, as well as prudently placed surveillance at the police station.

The Lounge Muddying the water further May 01 2015
18:04 (UTC)
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Original Post by runesplendor:

An article I saw (either a link off FB or in Kevin's thread) suggested that Freddie was throwing himself around the police van, trying to injure himself.

That assertion has since been contradicted.  The "light banging" that was reported by the other passenger was not only not hard enough to cause any injury, but could have easily been Freddie trying to get police attention so they would listen to his pleas for medical attention. 

It's also highly unlikely a person is capable of severing their own spine in that manner.

The Lounge A flamboyant thread w/ razzle dazzle about the 2016 presidential primary elections May 01 2015
13:37 (UTC)
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Khaleesi is coming to Westeros

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