That's not even the most depressing thing.
NAMBLA is a defunct group that gained major attention in the 1980s. They've been around for quite some time.
They're far from the only group that does that. If you support any campaign related to love, pay very careful attention to the propaganda put out. Take a close look a the Love Is Love meme used at the top of this article and tell me what you spot is wrong with it, then keep in mind that image is being used seriously. And that it's quite seriously by a number of other people who support a similar stance as that person.
Groups like NAMBLA didn't simply go away. They simply got smarter about it and folded themselves into other causes.
If you wish to eliminate them, good luck. Just don't be surprised if you don't like the collateral damage you'll incur.
Welcome to why generosity isn't truly a virtue.
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
You obviously don't know many Mormons.
In what should be a great surprise to no one given my appallingly low constitution score, I have a cold. I knew something wasn't right last night when I couldn't stop sneezing and ended up almost crying because I couldn't make my yarn winder work right. It's not a complicated piece of equipment. Also it has developed a squeak. This is not cool. I'm trying to remember where I hid my sewing machine oil as I don't have any wd40 on hand. I used up my last can in a futile attempt to get the closet doors to stop squeaking. It's never gonna happen. They're old metal doors. There's just too much rust. Anyhow, back on topic, which is not easy when I'm sick as I'm even more prone to weird digressions, this morning it had blossomed into a full on cold. So I am miserable. I should be home in bed watching Netflix. Instead I am here in a crowded room full of children because kidlet has jujitsu practice. Ugh.
I hope you get to feeling better quickly.
Fun work stuff!
"Wow, you guys have been out of trays for a couple days!" a student said.
Freehold DM wrote:
There's multiple strains that are vaccine resistant in polio. And what they've found is that while it may not present any symptoms in those vaccinated, those vaccinated are still infectious and can spread the disease to those not. Herd immunity no longer works against polio.
That may not seem like a big deal, until you consider the people protected under herd immunity include babies. Imagine some polio-vaccinated nurse accidentally infecting your newborn child due to simply not knowing he or she was a carrier.
There's a real danger to abusing medical treatments for disease. Not the extinction of the species, but the elimination of effective tools and resulting spike in death rates. Imagine if Hawking had died because of disease before making any of his discoveries. Or if Musk died in childhood to polio instead of going on to create Tesla and do everything else he's done. That's the danger we're dealing with.
Not every doctor I have had has asked, and I noticed mental health doctors tend to be less likely to ask.
It's not just antibiotics. There's now a vaccine-resistant type of polio.
Because, apparently, the entirety of medicine failed to pay attention when evolution was explained.
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Take one good, hard look at the fanbase for GURPS to see why.
They sound like the dean where I work.
"Wow, these students lined up and these kits piled on the counter is unsightly. That's now banned." That lasted twelve hours before reality ensued and the policy stopped being enforced. Along with half a dozen other policies made at the same time that students and faculty simply ignored.
Occasionally one of my managers tries to enforce it, but that lasts all of one hour before it reverts back to normal.
Fun work stuff!:
So, today, one of the managers noticed we're behind and staying that way.
This is a manager whose brilliant strategy with a team at the window that consists of one person who can keep caught up (me), and two who can't due to the nature of their positions, is to pile all of the extra work on me and guarantee you have three people who can't catch up.
They told me we're out of alginate trays today, and those are what I clean when not checking in students. I laughed as I continued to load sterilizers in between checking in kits for students. Not one single tray got cleaned since I was told we're out.
Notably, she's done other stupid things. Like flat-out lying to one employee about telling two others to do something before piling it all on one employee; we've been comparing notes. The front section is supposed to work as a team. She has, through her incompetence and two-faced nature, guaranteed that will never happen. The only cooperation in place is what is absolutely minimally necessary to keep the boss lady off our backs.
So her strategy to solve this issue of being behind is to take breaks away from everyone. So now people are p&^$ed and too distracted to get the work done as fast as they had been.
The black people who work there have been outright comparing our situation to slavery. No one else does anything except the "that's a good point" head tilt and nod.
If we were a military unit, our bosses would probably suffer an accident on the firing range at this point. As it stands, some of them are sneakily telling students at lunch what is going on and encouraging the students to tell their friends not to come to our college. Many of the students are recalling their own bad experiences and agreeing to pass on the word.
This is how a college that costs hundreds of thousands a year to attend can manage to be going bankrupt.
How to commit tax fraud:
Just these easy steps!
1. Purchase insurance under the AMA insurance market. Get an insurance with a $0 payment requirement, but which has a deductible so high you're only getting it for the card and lack of tax penalty.
2. Try to cancel insurance when, a year later, they want to charge you for doing nothing.
3. Argue with IRS when you've switched insurances, but the first insurance market insurance still claims they are covering you. Despite the fact they've not received a single penny since they raised their rates.
4. Switch jobs. Be able to actually afford insurance that does something. Get a great deal through work, switch insurances again and enjoy the benefits of actually having benefits.
5. Continue to get bills and phone calls from the insurance you first walked away from.
6. Argue again with the IRS, despite it being two f^%%ing years of refusing to pay for that first insurance.
7. Finally get told by IRS that they will not accept your return without that other insurance on it.
8. Include the other insurance on return and defraud the IRS out of $200 because it's the only way you can file a return.
Easy as can be!
*sigh* I hate insurance strong-arm tactics. Hate them so much I used my own clothes to make an effigy of them before I lit it on fire.
Eh. I tried to keep things relatively modern, rather than get into the discussion of which ancient culture we should thank for the idea. The Romans, for example, had their own form of a DST system.
The two hour system is merely the one that got adopted in modern times, not the first proposal.
That fallacy originates from using "begs the question" incorrectly. Orthos used the phrase correctly, and thus is not actually falling under the premise of the fallacy.
It's one of those fallacies that has non-fallacy applications.
Slippery-slope argument is another one, as human history both ancient and modern shows very much how many slippery slope arguments, including ones that seem impossibly silly or unrealistic, represent real dangers. Adolf Hitler gaining the power he did, homes where men stay at home to raise children while their wives work, and pretty much everything Stalin did are all examples of real-world slippery slope arguments that came to pass. Note that a slippery-slope outcome does not have to be a bad thing in actual existence, just perceived as a bad thing at the time the argument is made.
Another example of a fallacy that isn't always a fallacy is the fallacy fallacy.
Tevye, Tradition Keeper wrote:
The growth of electricity and the national shift away from agricultural-based economies mean that DST is largely obsolete anymore. I wonder why we still have it.
Basically, saving electricity is the point.
DST was originally suggested by the rich of the 1700s, who wanted more leisure time during the day. But it wasn't adopted until the World Wars era because f%^& the rich. It was adopted to save fuel going to power homes and such, and actually managed it. There are some states, such as Indiana, that today have observed DST causes lower electricity usage than staying away from it. Other places, like Hawaii, would see no benefit due to not being far enough away from the equator.
However, Hawaii sees a greater benefit from solar panels than Indiana does, due again to the differences in equatorial proximity.
Incidentally, we have Germany to thank for DST. The U.S. copied from them.
Generally, I find Linux has more problems with updating time than Windows does. Mostly because people who don't know what they're doing configure Linux wrong, while Windows is pretty plug-and-play.
Just a Mort wrote:
I think your boyfriend may object to going after other people with handcuffs ;)
Freehold DM wrote:
Unless it's Godzilla. Then you'll just make him angry.
Freehold DM wrote:
Computer. And, after trying to download individual files, I got an error message stating it's on their end.
So, there's that.