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Andrew R wrote:
GregH wrote:
thejeff wrote:

He's not saying they do that. He's saying they shouldn't be allowed to buy alcohol or cigarettes if they get assistance, even if they do it with cash.

But, isn't that an infringement on their freedoms?
Not at all, it is the cost of expecting others to pay for you

But what if they happened to get a job that was very short term (say a week or so) and they got paid cash? Don't they have the right to treat themselves for working hard? Even if it was for a very short time and they have to go back on welfare afterward?

Or must poor people always lead a life of misery until they can get solid employment, regardless of the circumstances?

Forcing someone to be miserable sure seems like an infringement of their right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".


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thejeff wrote:

He's not saying they do that. He's saying they shouldn't be allowed to buy alcohol or cigarettes if they get assistance, even if they do it with cash.

But, isn't that an infringement on their freedoms?


thejeff wrote:
GregH wrote:
LazarX wrote:
MrTsFloatinghead wrote:
Already largely answered up thread - may poor people have a job, but it pays minimum wage, so they still need assistance to afford to eat...
Walmart assists it's own employees in making applications for food assistance programs, because even the corporation realizes that in most stores it does not pay enough to make a living wage. Simmilarly, most food drives in Walmart stores are for the benefit for the employees living the most precariously on the edge.

This kills me. If Walmart understands that they don't pay their employees a living wage, why don't they pay them a living wage?!?!?!?

(I know the answer - it'll cut into profits!)

Why should they? Just out of the goodness of their hearts? The entire business model is cut costs at any expense.

My point is they are publicly acknowledging the shortcoming as they are "helping" their customers make up the difference. They are already showing "the goodness of their hearts". Just in a way that doesn't affect their bottom line. And by acknowledging that they are paying their employees poorly but not actually increasing their pay shows how transparent their "goodness" is.


LazarX wrote:
MrTsFloatinghead wrote:
Already largely answered up thread - may poor people have a job, but it pays minimum wage, so they still need assistance to afford to eat...
Walmart assists it's own employees in making applications for food assistance programs, because even the corporation realizes that in most stores it does not pay enough to make a living wage. Simmilarly, most food drives in Walmart stores are for the benefit for the employees living the most precariously on the edge.

This kills me. If Walmart understands that they don't pay their employees a living wage, why don't they pay them a living wage?!?!?!?

(I know the answer - it'll cut into profits!)


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Thomas Long 175 wrote:
None. 4 months of non stop, no saves, unlimited domination spells from a deity that could not be blocked by even other deities on the girl I was dating at the time.

"4 months"?!?!?!? You're exceedingly patient...


Usagi Yojimbo wrote:

First time parents??

Oh, the law depends in the size of the company, not the size of the family.

I really have no idea how I misread that....


Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Not exactly. Up to 12 weeks of family leave, if your company is big enough to come under FMLA. It's unpaid, though.

So first time parents need not apply?

Here it's "unpaid" as well, in that the company doesn't pay parental leave. Its paid by the government as part of "EI" ("Employment Insurance"). You get paid at 55% of your salary up to a monthly cut-off. (Dont remember what that is.)


MagusJanus wrote:
It's not actually hyperbole; it depends on if you're male or female and what the company's policies are. A week is actually pretty high for a male to get; it's not unusual for them not to qualify for leave at all.

Yikes! My brother works in Cali, thats probably where the residual memory information came from. But I was sure I was miremembering...


Oh I know its a sin, (I was brought up Catholic - got better) but I thought that profits were the most important thing.

It seems to trump other "sins".


What I find the most puzzling about this is that it is actually in the employer's best interest to provide contraception in health care coverage because access to contraception means less unexpected pregnancies and that means less maternity/paternity leave. Of course in the US, I think you guys get all of a week or two* of parental leave so maybe its not a big loss?

*hyperbole - I know its more than that, but I don't know the exact number and I do know it doesn't even come close to the 52 weeks we get here in la belle province...


I use Initiativeboard to track combat. It's not flawless but it does the job.


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Drejk wrote:
Dazylar wrote:
Dazylar wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Itchy wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Fromper wrote:
strayshift wrote:

"I'll go... uh... check on Mr Scruffy."

Sinister?

Yeah, that struck me as a bluff check, where nobody was paying enough attention to bother making a sense motive roll. Guaranteed he's stalking the vampire.
it struck me as "the best way I can help is by being out of the way"
Possibly. Just reread it & I noticed that he's kind of looking directly at Durkula as he's saying it. I suspect that Fromper & strayshift might be on to something...
Either we're totally right, or Belkar really is just worried about the vampire eating his cat. :P
Or it's both. Also, the nesting quotes are starting to look like either a pit or a pyramid, depending upon how my eyes look at it.
Both pit and pyramid are appropriate for OotS :P
That's a pretty weirdly proportioned pyramid...
I suppose it'll look right when it gets to about 35 'nests'.
That's what you get when you make pyramid out of sticks.

I think its starting to look more like a longhouse.


Calybos1 wrote:

Socialism, on the other hand, has worked great in pretty much every social democracy in the world. We need to move the U.S. in that direction ASAP.

Plus, it would provide countless hours of free entertainment as foaming reactionaries who don't understand the difference between socialism and communism rant and rave about Stalin.

You do realise that its the existence of those "foaming reactionaries" which pretty much dooms socialism from ever taking hold in the US.

(Or rather, the general public reaction to said reactionaries - the fear that they are right.)


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Arnwolf wrote:
and their are still all the holes in the ozone layer, it's a natural phenomenon.

No it's not. The reduction of ozone into individual oxygen atoms by UV is, (O3 + UV -> O + O + O) but left to its own devices the individual oxygen atoms will recombine to reform ozone. That's how it protects us from UV light. It absorbs the UV but reforms afterward.

When you add chlorofluorocarbons (man-made!) into the mix, they are also broken up, but then the individual chlorine atoms grab ahold of an oxygen atom, and leave only 2 oxygen atoms to make O2 thus depleting O3. O2 doesn't absorb UV so we now have a hole in our UV protection where there didn't use to be.

The ozone hole is not natural. It's caused by us.


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Now that the season is over, I still can't believe that they used Brad Dourif for all of 2 minutes and it didn't lead to anything.


When people die in an event that has national significance, like this one, the memorials are put in place by the state. Otherwise, the memorials are put in place by the families - in cemeteries.


Tacticslion wrote:
Yeah, this was mentioned before. It's... certainly very curious. Great linkage, though. Thanks!

Isn't it just the reflection of the rift?


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CapeCodRPGer wrote:
wicked cool wrote:
wonder if Boba will be in it. Id take a cameo or even a name drop by another character. There were rumors that they would give him his own film/series. Will they take any expanded universe ideas?

Picture this:

End of episode 7: Pan down to Tatooine, over sand dunes, to the Sarlac pit. We hear a couple of blaster shots from inside the mouth of the Sarlac. Crawling out, all beaten and brusied is Boba Fett. Armor all faded and dented. Breathing heavy, he gets of the the mouth and stands up. Wanting to breathe real air again we see his shadow start to take off the helmet.
The camera pans up to show it was Jar Jar Binks in the armor.
Fade to black.
Roll credits.

"Heesa no good to meesa dead."


I fully expect that the script will be written to incorporate a 5-second pause in all action as each of the original cast comes on screen for the first time to allow for the screaming and hooting to die down in the theatre so that no one watching will miss a line of dialogue. :)


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Greylurker wrote:

Best part of tonight's episode

May's Mom

lmao

department H i guess? :)

Don't think so. They showed her Pennsylvania license plate in close up and she mentioned that she drove for 5 hours (although driving for 5 hours is not hard to do within Ontario).


Would it be possible that those who have seen the movie identify their spoilers as being about the movie, please? I know I'm already somewhat spoiled because I'm watching Agents but I would like there to be some surprises when I eventually see the movie.

(It's like the Game of Thrones thread all over again...)


Yakman wrote:
Do Canadians get free dental coverage too?

Nope. That's covered under regular insurance.


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
GregH wrote:
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
GregH wrote:
*sulk*
you must make haste and see Cap 2
Would love too. Family responsibilities and all that...

I got approval from the wife a month before Cap 2 came out, with weekly reminders, then daily reminders the week it came out! :)

It's like a vacation request: your boss always appreciate more than a day's notice! ;)

Oh, she wants to see it almost as much as I do. So do my kids. But the two oldest sons are in spring hockey leagues, so weekend matinees are tough to schedule.

And if I were to go see it on my own there would be a sizable mutiny, I think...


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
GregH wrote:
*sulk*
you must make haste and see Cap 2

Would love too. Family responsibilities and all that...


Skeld wrote:
Yeah, I wouldn't watch this week's SHIELD without seeing Cap2 first.

Y'know, MARVEL really shoulda had this warning in big red letters with a loud siren or something going off at the start of the episode.

Haven't seen Cap2 and won't for a least another week or so, in all likelihood.

*sulk*


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
The thing about the Clairvoyant is that he's not a team player, and has committed many acts of evil... he is in the true sense of the word, a villain. I doubt they will redeem him or take a Marvel hero as a template for the Clairvoyant...

Well, Box was taken over by Jerome Jaxxon in AF #12 to kill Guardian, so he has been a "villain".

But yeah, to introduce him as a villain is probably stretching it.


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
So what other Marvel character used to be human but is now a machine, other than Arnim Zola? there's sooooooo many Marvel robots it's not funny.......

Well, there is Box. And then the reference to Department H wouldn't be as throw-away.

But that's wishful thinking...

Isn't it??? :)


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Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Yes confirmed: Brad Dourif was the fake clairvoyant.... I only hope he downloaded his consciousness and we'll see him again on a BIG ROBOT CHEST SCREEN ;)

I can't imagine they'd hire Brad Dourif and then use him in a throw-away role. They will use him again.

Also, "Department H"! If they manage to introduce Alpha Flight, I'll piss myself. (Yeah, I know, fat chance. Still, I can dream can't I?)


Every Canadian know our national anthem:

All together now!

(Its easy 'cause there aren't any words!)


houstonderek wrote:
GregH wrote:
The smitter wrote:
As a production Brewer at a microbrewery I am offended by this talk of America beer being sub par. I have drank beer from all over the world and would put American craft beer against in beer in the world. I well not sign this until I get a fall apology.
I' m sorry you are offended. However while you may be a craftsman you live under the shadow of Bud, and Pabst and other so-called "beers". You must clean your own house first, then we will discuss terms of the treaty at the first "Molson Summit".

Any nation that bottles moose urine and exports it as "beer" should be careful when attacking their southern neighbors' also nasty if it's commercially brewed beer. Trust me, Molson and LaBatts aren't all that.

;-)

P.S. Molson is owned by Coors, LaBatts by Anheuser-Busch.

Quit bringing facts into it. This is a discussion about overzealous nationalist pride.

There's no place for facts here.


Orthos wrote:
We don't want them, they don't want us.

We appreciate you taking Celine Dion off our hands, though.

We owe you.


Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
We'd become the nicest country that loves to start wars.

As an aside, there is absolutely no correlation to the fact that we Canadians are overly polite and that Obama went on an "apology tour" of Europe. Absolutely none.

Nor is there a correlation between his desire to have socialized medicine and Canada's medical system.

He is not, I repeat, he is NOT a Canadian mole.

I mean it.

As you were.


Actually only 6 of the guys are standing around saying "Eh". The other 6 are good ole Americans. (You sure do make good football players down there...)


Hama wrote:

Almost every single one, besides Heineken which is utter piss. Especially czech and german beers.

Hey yellowdingo. You should start a petition to allow import of Kinder Surprise in the U.S. That would be worthwhile.

Americans don't have Kinder?

Deals off.


TOZ wrote:
Don't blame us for your inability to do what needed to be done.

The threat was only hypothetical and not yet deserving of drastic measures. Sure there was the rash of unexplained suicides in his immediate location, and in hindsight, more than circumstantial, but believe me when I say that we had no clue as to his true potential until it was unleashed.


We had Beiber secluded away in a small Ontario town where he was no harm to anyone. Then you went and invented YouTube and all our work at protecting the world from that horror was undone. You have no one to blame but yourselves.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

From Yukon to Yucatan--for a Socialist Federation of North America!

Vive le Dingo!

I appreciate you leaving Alaska out of the annex. Dispite it's beautiful scenery and abundant resources, I don't think we want Sarah Palin any more than you do.


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The smitter wrote:
As a production Brewer at a microbrewery I am offended by this talk of America beer being sub par. I have drank beer from all over the world and would put American craft beer against in beer in the world. I well not sign this until I get a fall apology.

I' m sorry you are offended. However while you may be a craftsman you live under the shadow of Bud, and Pabst and other so-called "beers". You must clean your own house first, then we will discuss terms of the treaty at the first "Molson Summit".


Third vote for Goodreader. You can even set up your computer as a network share and copy them directly from your computer harddrive.


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We will agree to the merger but we would need some assurances first:

1) The national passtime would be curling.
2) "American" beer would be outlawed.
3) "Eh?" needs to added as the last word to the pledge of allegiance.
4) Canadian football rules will be instituted by the NFL. (4 downs is for sissies!)

That is all.


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2 dogs - a 3 yr old Burnese mountain dog; and an 8-year old mix. We think there is some Burner in the mix, but at the vet one time another dog owner said he saw some Australian (?) wolf hound in him. (Although not sure if that's really a breed.)

Both are pretty much carpets, and the Burner especially will let you do darn near anything around him and not even flinch.


I guess that means by the end, those of us who only watch the shows will be the ones holding the spoilers!

Mwuahahaha!


GregH wrote:
Whazzat?

Nevermind... shoulda looked at the link...


Whazzat?


Spoilered again...

Spoiler:
I just saw Ep 1-3 on Fri night (missed them the first time through) and I completely missed the green house photograph. What was the context of him photographing it again? I can't remember the scene. I'll take that one back, then.

And since they talked about him still seeing things as they were on the way out to the house, I assumed the "wormhole" was Rust hallucinating.


Hitdice wrote:
How so Greg? I found it perfectly in keeping with the previous 7 episodes.

Because:
it just left so many questions unanswered. Who were all those people on the video? Was the final killer even one of them? How were the Tuttles related to this? Were those them in the video? I know they were looking into Dora Lang's killing, but shouldn't bringing those in the video to justice be important too considering how deeply terrifying it was? Why did they have a second photo of that green house? Aside from the painting connection, which they didn't have until after they compared to two photos, why would they even that photo? How was the meth cook related to the final killer? Were they friends? Did they work together? I accepted a while ago that the Yellow King and Corcosa were not going to play a big part in the finale, but in the end it was all throw-away. Why use that? Why not use Satan worship? Why be that obtuse? He had to know that there would be people out there that had read or at least heard of the Yellow King. Why didn't Rust pick up on the literary reference? What about the black stars in Audrey's art work? The drawings she drew as a kid that got her in trouble. The posed dolls on her bedroom floor? They made a point of lingering on a photo in Dora Lang's mother's house showing Dora as a child in a mask in front of 5 horse riders in masks. If it was just the lawnmower man, was that just a throw away? Or is there more.

I realise we are supposed to assume that the Tuttles are prime movers here, but how can Marty and Rust even be remotely satisfied - and how can we even assume the story is over - if they are still out there doing what they are doing?

It was just deeply unsatisfying. He was "just" another serial killer.

I understand that the writer was probably wanting to write a character piece primarily, and while I appreciate well written characters (I loved Mcconaughey's 1997 Rust - amazing) I like stories. And as a story, this one just ended so flat to me. All build up and no pay off. Too many unanswered questions. Its like he drew out the story so he could have 8 episodes to show of the characters but in the end just didn't care about what he had built up.

At least thats what I saw. And I passed up the first episode of COSMOS for this (no PVR...)


That has to have been the most disappointing ending to a series/season I've seen in a long time.


Aranna wrote:
I guess the legality of their breaking in depends entirely on whether or not SHIELD has the authority to enter and seize the drug they came for. It has been shown already that SHIELD trumps local police and military forces. Coulson did identify to the guards that he was operating with the authority of a SHIELD agent. But since we know nothing about this base and have only circumstantial evidence of SHIELD's authority here we can only assume that since both SHIELD teams cooperated in this that SHIELD did have such authority. And if they DID have the authority then the crime here was done by the guards for resisting with lethal force.

Which is why I don't label their actions as "evil". Morally ambiguous, more like.


Lord Snow wrote:
I do agree that killing the two security guards was an evil act. I mean, one of the guards devoted his dying breath to warn the people who killed him of an imminent explosion, so he was probably a pretty decent guy...

I don't know about evil. The security guards did open fire first. And were not interested in any sort of dialogue. One could argue that breaking in was questionable, but after that, it was pretty much self defense. It didn't even seem like the guards would've allowed a surrender (although that's debatable).

Not "good" for sure, but I wouldn't go so far as to say evil.


Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
Aranna wrote:
They have given us no clues about what or who Skye really is... so it's sort of moot to consider it, until they reveal more. So far she is just human with an exceptional ability to crack code
not exactly true... they have confirmed in the show she's a "zero eighty two" or something like that (i.e. from another world) and did a whole show on how her adopted parents (Shield agents retired) almost died trying to hide her...

And this was when she was a baby, so its probably more than just her affinity for computers. (Although I thought the designation just meant extremely dangerous - not necessarily extraterrestrial.)

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