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May 24th, 2017 @ 9:20PM

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    IN RESPONSE TO: United Has a Lot to Answer For

    RE: Another perspective...

    So after reading that I'm left with two thoughts.

    1) Even if what the author has stated is 100% factually correct, they lose a lot of credibility when they resort to saying things like "There’s a reason for these laws–it’s called 9/11". I'm sorry what? The only thing that drives me more nuts than when people try to justify something by saying "But think of the children!" is when they try to justify something with "But, but...terrorists!".

    2) Even if you discount #1, the entire situation is a customer relations nightmare. I mean how hard would it have been to make the following announcement to all the passengers:

    "Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the following inconvenience however we are looking tor x passengers to voluntarily disembark to accommodate a number of airline employees to ensure no other flights are unnecessarily delayed or cancelled. We understand this is an inconvenience and as such are willing to arrange and compensate you a complimentary flight free of charge to your intended destination along with $500 cash/check. Please come to the front of the plane if your are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity."

    You wait 5 minutes and then bump the payout to $1000. I guarantee you you will have a line of people willing to jump at that offer. And how do I know? Two words - Black Friday. If people are willing to fight tooth and nail over a sale on a $10 crappy waffle makers, you bet your ass they'll accept a free flight and money.

    So instead of playing it smart and shelling out $1000 per person to disembark, this will likely end with the airline having to offer a 5 or 6-figure settlement payment in order to avoid a lawsuit.

    EDIT: hehe, just realized I'm echoing Wootah's comment :)

    EDITED: 2017-04-12 16:37:40

    Posted: April 12th, 2017 @ 4:34PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Monday Random News

    "...but boy I just ate a whole pizza and am super lazy right now..."

    Your thoughts intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter :)

    Posted: April 10th, 2017 @ 6:01PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Monday Random News

    RE: Cops Can Kill You Even If They’re in the Wrong Home, Says Federal Court

    Man that's messed up. On a side note, If I'm not mistaken Florida has a castle doctrine of some sorts. I wonder what would have happened if the victim lived but had during the course of the exchange seriously wounded or killed the police officer thinking they were an intruder. Would castle doctrine protect him or would the state still pursue charges?

    Posted: April 10th, 2017 @ 8:02AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: The incredible story of the 77 POWs who were captured in 1942 and tortured for three years

    Hehe, I see what you did there :)
    Posted: April 9th, 2017 @ 7:09AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: The incredible story of the 77 POWs who were captured in 1942 and tortured for three years

    Not to dismiss their experience, but that headline is blatantly misleading. The only reference to torture in the body of the article is that they *witnessed* Japanese soldiers torturing other soldiers. Makes one hell of a difference.
    Posted: April 8th, 2017 @ 6:35PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: King Kong

    That latest one (Skull Island?) was actually pretty decent. Not a "must see" movie but definitely enjoyable.
    Posted: April 6th, 2017 @ 6:38PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday Random News

    Seems like after all these years, the "crazy" foreign policy views of Ron Paul aren't actually so crazy (surprise!).
    Posted: April 6th, 2017 @ 7:07AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs

    Just to add, if you're not using it already, I highly recommend these 3 browser extensions (available for both Chrome and Firefox):

    uBlock Origin (AdBlock Plus is more popular, but they apparently allow companies to pay them to be added to a whitelist. Plus it's a resource hog)
    Privacy Badger (and/or Disconnect)
    HTTPS Everywhere

    "Knowing is half the battle" - G.I. Joe

    Posted: March 29th, 2017 @ 2:12PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Today's Politics

    It's not just gross incompetence, it's willful negligence, it's hypocrisy, and it's ugly politics.

    Everyone and their mother agreed that the healthcare system was a hot mess that required reform. Fundamentally the only difference was the D's wanted to do *something* while the R's kept making excuses. Enter Obamacare which was "rushed" through.

    R's then begin a 7 year campaign to repeal, defund, or otherwise cripple the ACA. Ironically, the ACA is in no small part modeled after Bob Dole's plan which was the R's go-to plan when Clinton tried to reform healthcare back in the 90's. I digress.

    So for 3/4 of a decade the R's have promised the moon. Now they have the Whitehouse, both the House & Senate, and an arguably neutered Supreme Court and what do they bring to the table? 50-odd pages of rubbish that *everyone* hates and is arguably worse than if they had simply repealed the ACA and replaced it with nothing. It's so bad and so blatantly a money grab for the wealthy that even hardline R's wouldn't vote for it.

    Every single one of those mother f'ers that's been anti-ACA and didn't lift a finger to reform or otherwise write meaningful legislation to replace it should be kicked out of politics and banned for life.

    And of course, neither party wants to address the real elephant in the room when it comes to reforming health care - the insurance companies.

    Posted: March 26th, 2017 @ 9:01AM

    Actually Arrow was pretty good in the beginning. The use of flashbacks effectively giving us a show-within-a-show was done very well. It had the right amount of action, mystery, and grittiness that I found appealing.

    That said, I think "The Flash" is by far the best out of all the DC live shows. Sure some corny lines and characters at times but overall a solid cast (it's hard to hate on either Barry or Cisco - great casting there). What really impresses me is even though you have the obligatory filler episodes, even those are enjoyable in their own right (King Shark!!!). It has a nice balance between short-term and long-term story arcs.

    Posted: March 18th, 2017 @ 1:30PM

    With these types of shows, there's always a level of suspension of disbelief one has to entertain to enjoy it. For me though, the show started to go down hill when Thea (sp?) in something like 6 months became a AAA fighter/swordmaster/bowman.

    And ever since then everybody and their mother seems to be a martial arts pro. The African American guy? Yeah he went from a tech geek to bad ass kungfu guy in like a handful of weeks with no prior training/experience. I mean c'mon!

    And yet I'm still watching it and I can't articulate why :(

    Posted: March 17th, 2017 @ 3:46AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Welp, I'm a Scottish Lord now, bow down peasants

    Posted: March 11th, 2017 @ 3:36AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: It's my Birthday!

    Happy birthday!
    Posted: March 11th, 2017 @ 3:35AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: I did it! I'm Canadian

    Welcome to the fold! Looks like they no longer issue cards anymore (LINK)
    Posted: March 6th, 2017 @ 9:33PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Thursday Random News

    Yahoo punishes CEO....

    So she earned ~$160 million over 5 years and will still get upwards of $55 million golden parachute for exiting out of her contract.

    Geez, I wish *I* could be punished like that.

    Posted: March 3rd, 2017 @ 12:38AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: F the Oscars

    I've seen most of the Oscar nominated movies except for Moonlight so I'll withhold judgement until I get a chance to do so. That said, the craze for La La Land and Manchester by the Sea really has me confused. Both were ok in their own right, but the praise they've been getting simply does not come even close to my personal viewing experience.

    My favorite movies by far would have to be either Hidden Figures, Lion, and Hell or High Water (no particular order). I found them to be way more enjoyable.

    EDITED: 2017-02-27 09:09:33

    Posted: February 27th, 2017 @ 9:07AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday Politics

    I guess there's that. But that list has become somewhat of a joke because you here about cases where an 18yr has sex with a 16yr old - parents of 16yr old then press statutory rape charges (assuming you're in a state where age of consent is 17-18) and in order to avoid jail time a plea bargain is reached whereby the 18yr old pleads guilty and has to register on the list.

    Or some jackass is drunk and urinates in public and again, in order to avoid jail time copes to a lesser charge and has to register on the list.

    Absolutely moronic and it trivializes the intent of the list in the first place.

    EDITED: 2017-02-23 03:56:44

    Posted: February 23rd, 2017 @ 3:55AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday Politics

    The Bill Maher thing...

    I'm not going to defend his point of view but I will say this. A lot of people from his generation, particularly males shared and still share the point of view that a female can't take advantage of a male. That an older woman having sex with a teenage boy would be considered a notch in the belt for the boy whereas if the positions were reversed (older man and teenage girl) it would undoubtedly be viewed as sick/disgusting and the man would have the book thrown at them.

    The mindset goes even further such that even if both parties are full grown adults, that it's simply not possible for a woman to rape a man. That violence against men is a joke and any man who admits to being a victim and tries to get the police involved gets laughed at and fingers pointed at him saying, "What kind of a man are you?"

    Again, not defending Maher but I don't think his statements from almost 20 years ago can fairly be put side-by--side against Milo's comments in 2016-17. In fact, even by today's "progressive" standards women still enjoy a double standard when it comes to sex with a minor. Just look at the outcomes of any recent case and you'll see that a vast majority get little to no jail time.

    In other words, what they did was deemed wrong, but not really *that* wrong - wink wink, nudge nudge.

    Posted: February 22nd, 2017 @ 11:56PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Saturday Politics

    Milo Yiannopoulos spars with Bill Maher...

    I watched that with great interest. Good for Maher for having the balls to bring someone like Milo on. They both raised some valid points.

    I will say though now that I've taken the time to watch more of Milo's talks, he really needs to tone down the personal, ad-hominem attacks. It really dilutes his more poignant observations and isn't worth the cheap/easy laughs it may generate. He's got some crazy views but with it mixed in some great insights.

    Posted: February 18th, 2017 @ 11:11AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Tuesday Politics

    Killer beat me to it. There's plenty of hypocrisy to point out but the Obama/Subway thing definitely isn't one of them.

    On a semi-related note, I personally can't fathom how there's no actual law that requires a President to forfeit all business ties or at least put them in a blind trust when taking office. That coupled with not releasing tax records sure makes for one sketchy Presidency.

    But if there's one silver lining, my man Trudeau met Trump on the handshake battlefield and won the day (reference for those wondering what I'm talking about LINK / LINK
    ) . I envision one day they'll even reference it in one of those classic Heritage Minutes montages haha!

    Posted: February 14th, 2017 @ 8:11PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Story Time

    100% agree with Reaver
    Posted: February 9th, 2017 @ 12:23PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: It's Always Sunny

    This season has been amazing so far. The musical, the water park, spoof of "How To Make Murderer". So funny!
    Posted: February 9th, 2017 @ 12:14PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Outrageous violence against Trump supporters

    I've seen Milo speak once or twice. Objectively speaking, what he has to say isn't really that controversial and I find myself agreeing with him more often than not.

    I always wondered why he identifies as a conservative when a lot of what he believes are what most would categorize as (traditionally) liberal positions. I think I'm starting to see why. It seems as though the left and right have in some ways become inversions of their former selves.

    Every day that passes, I can see why so many people voted for Trump.

    Posted: February 4th, 2017 @ 6:14AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday Politics

    ^ This.
    Posted: February 1st, 2017 @ 4:26PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: By The Numbers - The Untold Story of Muslim Opinions & Demographics

    This is great video. I've often referenced it in my discussions/debates with others on this subject. I also watched that Real Time episode with Ben Affleck and Sam Harris. It's disturbing how people will bury their heads in the sand in the name of freedom of religion / freedom of speech while adamantly refusing to even entertain ideas and notions that run contrary to their core beliefs.

    That's one reason I respect people like Bill Maher. He may be an asshole but it's very rare he won't call a spade a spade. Even though he's an unabashed liberal, I can't count the number of times he's lambasted the left - often being more harsh and confrontational then just about anybody on the right you can name.

    Posted: February 1st, 2017 @ 7:59AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Tuesday Random News

    Bah, ticket admission numbers are irrelevant. What ultimately matters is revenue. It doesn't matter that fewer people are going to the movies as that's more than offset by the cost of tickets themselves for those that do go.

    And if you google revenue stats the movie industry is doing better than ever and projections are they'll continue to rake in the money. Even the MPAA is gushing over the numbers they've pulled in these last few years.

    I still go to the movies but now I only go for a select number of AAA titles and only to VIP theaters that offer a premium experience. I see fewer movies but I spend about 3x as much when I do.

    Posted: January 31st, 2017 @ 9:05AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Today's Politics

    RE: Trump’s Immigration Ban Excludes Countries With Business Ties

    I'm shocked, shocked that Saudi Arabia gets a pass. I'm sorry, but if you're going to run on a platform of getting serious about Islamic extremism, how about you start with the leading state sponsor of terrorism and one of it's chief exports, Wahhabism.

    Posted: January 28th, 2017 @ 3:39PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Battlestar Galatica

    It's seems kind of obvious they should make a series that takes place during the first Cylon war and leads up to the armistice at the start of the BSG mini-series. That's what the fans wanted to see and instead they gave us Caprica which was pretty lackluster.

    "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" was an interesting concept and while the actor who played Adama was arguably miscast, that could have become a great series to watch.

    Posted: January 26th, 2017 @ 9:02PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Still on Windows 7

    Coming from a former anti-Win10 guy, I finally made the switch not too long ago. I felt the OS had matured enough and MS brought back enough of the traditional functionality of the START menu that I was willing to give it a shot. That and the use of a 3rd party tool like Spybot Anti-Beacon (for those concerned about their privacy and MS over-reaching in its data collection).

    After a few weeks of use I can honestly say the experience has been positive. The new Task Manager is nice, the FileCopy process is definitely better than all previous versions of Windows combined (no more relying on 3rd party software like TeraCopy). Edge has replaced Internet Explorer so there's a case to be made on that alone that security is better - but kind of moot if you're already using Chrome or Firefox.

    But I have to say the one feature that really surprised me were the Windows Updates. They're seamless and I only have to reboot my machine every other week if less. That's a far cry from Windows 7 where even a minor MS Word update forced a reboot.

    To answer your question though, there is really nothing there in 10 that can't be achieved in 7. Basically if it works for you, there's really no compelling reason to pay the premium to switch.

    Edit: spelling cleanup

    EDITED: 2017-01-19 19:32:36

    Posted: January 19th, 2017 @ 12:53PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Today's Politics

    Chelsea Manning’s Sentence...

    While a tad surprising, I would have been much more impressed if he had pardoned Snowden.

    Posted: January 17th, 2017 @ 4:22PM

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