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I'm having trouble finding exactly where in this law that allows a person to discriminate someone on basis of religion. All it says that a government cannot "burden" a person or organization's ability to exercise their religion. The law only seems to concern government entities affecting how people exercise their religion, not private businesses.
The government can't "burden" a business by curtailing that business's right to exercise its religion.
Religion isn't being protected. Nothing is keeping these people from exercising their religion. Refusing service to someone has nothing to do with their religion; show me where in the Bible/Koran/Torah it says "thou shalt not make cakes for homos, for they art icky."
And also, this is plainly and obviously the purpose of this law: to override local/county laws that provide protections for such people and to pander to the Republican base aka homophobic bigots.
So here's my proposed solution.
Of course, this will mean that the taxes will go up for everyone else, to make up the revenue. And since you can't tell if someone is gay by looking at them then, realistically, anyone could be discriminated against.
So, therefore, everyone EXCEPT these businesses should get a tax break, and the businesses should see a commensurate tax increase.
We can call it a Bigot Tax.
I dunno, it was high 30s when I was there over xmas. Kinda chilly.Which reminds me, I didn't know you were in the area or I'd have offered to buy you a beer or something when I was out there. (my mom lives in Phoenix, as do my aunt and grandmother).
Give it a chance.It's hilarious.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Is there a VU song I'm not familiar with called "We're cooler than you c~@+s, so shut up"?
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Listening to Grateful Dead undoes all other cool you may have earned.
To be fair, that's what my friend tells his students, and he teaches AP Calc. Math teacher humor is an acquired taste.
Any halfway-decent school in the US is just as selective.I mean, sure, any old boob can get into University of Nebraska at Bumf!@&, but you'll probably get about the same level of education as a community college.
I've never heard of classes for illiterates at university though, so you'll have to elucidate me.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
OK now you're linking me my favorite bands.Seriously, are you, like, watching my every move?
It's going to be slower (actually not by that much) and on smaller ships THAN IT WOULD BE WITHOUT OIL. And you're more efficient with shipping containers THAN YOU WOULD BE WITHOUT THEM. However, the advent of standardized shipping containers (as well as other factors like communication/organization infrastructure) has had a larger magnitude of difference to efficiency than the change from pre to post petrolium.
And remember that we were using other kinds of oil, as well as other fossil fuels (natural gas, coal) before petroleum as well. In all likelihood, without the oil boom, technology would have simply made use of an alternate fuel source. Not as cheaply, for sure, but still.
Absolutely. Nonetheless you have to realize this isn't a binary thing where you can in any way separate the two issues, all you can do is statistical regression on shipping data from years before and after the advent of these advances (petroleum and shipping containers respectively) to determine what you're asking.
Well, having just completed an upper level university course on international trade, I can tell you that the invention and use of the standardized shipping container made a larger difference than the discovery of petrolium for the shipping boom.
But I'm not sure what that has to do with free college?
Artemis Moonstar wrote:
Now, I'm of the firm belief that there are a lot of people who are medicating when they really shouldn't need to. Around 70% of the population on some form of anti-depressant? Are you kidding me? Sounds like a bunch of people who can't deal with reality and want to spend time in happy la-la land.
I'm not going to scold you or anything, because I used to feel the same way, but now I'm on zoloft.
My parter of 10 1/2 years abruptly left me in the middle of the night with no warning and left me holding the bag on a myriad of things. I needed help. I'm dealing with reality, and I'm hardly in la-la land, I'm just not having the near daily panic attacks and breakdowns that typified the first 6-8 weeks after she left.
Seeing as this guy is a far-right libertarian/anarcho-capitalist, I see his assertion of mental illness as a sort of "poisoning the well" against otherwise rational arguments to the contrary.
For example, anarcho-capitalism requires that all actors are equally rational, and if it is possible that some people are, by their very nature, irrational, then it would fly in the face of AnCaps base assumptions.
Furthermore, if there's no such thing as mental illness, there's no rationale for the state to exact a lesser punishment against those with diminished facilities OR confiscate firearms/other dangerous weapons.
I had honestly never run into this brand of nuttery until a couple days ago via a youtube post.
Hypothesis: There is no such thing as mental illness.
Now, I'd heard anti-psychiatry arguments, usually from Scientologists who are nakedly trying to sell their own brand of psychotherapy, and people who bring up the horrific history of psychiatry from lobotomy to electroshock therapy (these things can't be readily denied) but I had never heard anyone suggest that mental illness is, like, not a thing man. Especially in the face of modern neuroscience.
I guess having a girlfriend for over a decade with chronic, clinical depression caused by *gasp* neurotransmitter imbalance put me in a bubble of people actually affected by, and thus unable to blanket deny, mental illness.
Alright I made a cryptic post a couple days ago promising to start a thread explaining why I'd been gone for a while. Just getting around to it now.
Six weeks ago today, I came home from work at 2:30 in the morning to find my girlfriend of 10 1/2 years still awake, much to my surprise, and fully dressed no less. "It's over" she said as she flung a 'Dear John' letter at me and walked out the door.
I won't go into the gory details as to why she left, but suffice it to say she has left my entire life in a bloody shambles. We've been together since 2004 and been living together since 2005. She's basically the only person I've ever lived with as an adult, and I've never lived alone before. I'm stuck in a 2 bedroom I can't afford, in a job I hate and planned to quit once she found gainful employment and could support me in my final push towards graduation, and I'm sharing a vehicle with her. She was also the 4th player in both of my gaming groups, leaving us up a creek, and her family had basically become my family, making the upcoming holidays, I'm sure, awful, as I have nowhere to go.
She says she still cares about me, that she still loves me, but just as a friend. I've spent the last 6 weeks just trying to distract myself, to spend more time with friends, but really, she was my best friend. I've tried to concentrate on school, but my grades have been declining precipitously. She has moved on and is seeing other people already
There's a lot more, but that's the gist of it.
Tangible Delusions wrote:
*eyetwitch*Also, if one person breaks the law egregiously (murder foe example) that's proof we have too many people. People can't be rehabilitated just like laws can't be amended. Riiiiiiiight?
Charlie Bell wrote:
Only true until 17th amendment allowing for direct election of senators. 101 years ago.Again I point out the irony that, due to gerrymandering, the senate is a better litmus of the political sway of a state (though not the nation) than representatives.
Also: I'm back! Expect a.thread explaining my absence tonight.
Excellent. I dunno I've never looked at the pregens and I don't know why anyone would other than for the pretty art.
I built my computer and I run Win 7. It wasn't pre-loaded or packaged with my machine, but I want to be able to play games on it other than solitaire. Though I hear Mac is getting Diablo II soon.
I also don't use office suite, I use open office.
I really like linux. I like the open source ideology and the fiercely loyal and talented community. But the first time I try to put a game on my machine and it fails to work, I *flip table* and install Windows, because ain't nobody got time for that.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
The neighborhood my grandmother grew up in was historically Italian, but if Rome rolled in and annexed parts of Chicago, it would still be imperialism.
Similarly, many of the former Soviet satellite states are historically Russian, but a ground invasion of any of those now separate, sovereign states, should be rightfully seen as imperialist expansion by Russia.
I can't begin to imagine why Israel isn't imperialist though, other than perhaps your comrades are just as afraid of Zionists cracking their heads as Congress.
Many of my interactions with people who have a problem with "social justice" end up complaining about "censorship" and "reverse racism" and feminism ruining discussions. So, they clearly believe privilege exists, they just think that women, minorities, people with disabilities etc. have too much of it, and white, heterosexual males have too little.
This. So much.
This. All the time. I see it used as a rallying call among, ya know, social justice advocates.
Thing is, I tend to hear social justice as a term (when used by someone to describe their own beliefs, not as a pejorative) when it comes to pretty radical agendas. I hear the terms LGBTQ rights a lot when talking about gay marriage or the rights of someone to present as their preferred gender. Social justice is a term I more associate with people who want to abolish urinals because they make trans people feel uncomfortable (not making that up).
Zoe Oakeshott wrote:
Do they do a lot of sexual things in those comics?
I don't think you get what I'm saying.
I completely understand your point. If it were important for the fiction books, I could agree. The iconics are NPCs. They're basically art resources. For all visible things, I'm totally for this. Have black and brown characters, female warriors, short heroes, tall lanky heroes, all that's great.
If Valeros were gay...how would you tell? In saying that, maybe he is. It's not a visible trait, and it needn't be defined. As characters whose identities you might assume when playing PFS or at a con, why not leave that up to the individual roleplayer?
This is a game in which WE determine the actions of the characters. If you feel non-straight players need role-models, then you have the ability to PLAY one. None of the iconics' sexualities has come into play in any published adventure, as far as I know, nor should it. It's a game about killing monsters and taking their s!%@.
As someone who is baffled by the sexualization of fictional characters, as a THING, I don't get any of this.
I'd be perfectly happy if none of the iconics' sexual preferences were ever defined. Who likes to put what in what hole has never once come up when discussing how to murder a monster and take its s@!*.
Vod Canockers wrote:
Well let's test that shall we?American fast food worker making $7.25/hr (the $9/hr+ figure includes shift managers, who make maybe $13). 2080 hours a year= $15080. But they don't get insurance or paid leave. Let's be super generous and say that, between social functions, family emergencies and illnesses they take 6 unpaid days off a year, so really they're working 2032 hours a year, for a total of $14,732.
I'll take it as a given that someone making that little pays no state or federal taxes, but they still pay FICA (SS and Medicare) to the tune of about 8%, so a grand total of $13,553.44.
Now, Denmark pays its workers (roughly) $20/hr. Remember that they have 5 weeks (HOLY CHRIST!) paid vacation a year, so they're really only working 1880 hours/year and getting paid for 2080. But okay, 2080*$20=$41,600. After taxes that's $29,665.
Someone in Denmark gets paid 2.2 times as much for LESS work (1880 vs. 2032 hours). Really, for hours actually worked, more like 2.36 times the pay.
Their cost of living is, what'd you say, 30% higher on average? Let's just take that out of their earnings off the top so you can see a proper comparison. Like, let's just pretend that Danes make 30% less after taxes and compare those numbers. I'm sure it's not completely accurate but, hey, just for funsies.
Danes still make 1.66 times what their American counterparts make for an hour of work. If American workers were compensated equivalently, not even accounting for other "bonuses" like healthcare which I'll assume, given the low pay of a McD worker is paid for by Medicare, would be $12/hr.
That seems fair. How about we put the minimum wage at $12/hr?
Wicca as a religion is less than a century old. It was created out of whole cloth by Gerald Gardner. It's bunk.
There's no such thing as magic in the real world.
This is a fantasy game. The witch class is based on witches in fantasy literature and popular culture.