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by ObsessoMom
Wed May 24, 2017 2:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: TVs in public places.
Replies: 15
Views: 5518

Re: TVs in public places.

I could be selectively remembering only the male-oriented stuff because it annoys me, and not remembering any female-oriented stuff. I'd promise to pay more attention next time, but I just stumbled across this , which claims that pushing the correct button next to the video screen will turn off the ...
by ObsessoMom
Tue May 23, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

So, deep down, everyone is either male or female, gay or straight, theistic or atheistic, Republican or Democratic, even if people self-identify otherwise?
by ObsessoMom
Mon May 22, 2017 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

I wasn't making whatever bullshit argument you seem to think I was. This is what I said: Um, don't overlook the fact that many people are rejecting political parties altogether. Registered voters in California as of February 10, 2017, by political party (bolding mine): Democratic: 8,700,440 (44.8%) ...
by ObsessoMom
Mon May 22, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

Um, don't overlook the fact that many people are rejecting political parties altogether. Registered voters in California as of February 10, 2017, by political party (bolding mine): Democratic: 8,700,440 (44.8%) Republican: 5,027,714 (25.9%) No Party Preference: 4,762,212 (24.5%) Other: 942,243 (4.9%...
by ObsessoMom
Mon May 22, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

How has no one posted anything about The Ominously Glowing Orb yet?
by ObsessoMom
Thu May 18, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 749522

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The dark gets a little brighter: InfoWars' Alex Jones apologizes, retracts statements as part of Chobani settlement A little background (reprinted from the Los Angeles Times , but I'm linking to the reprint because the San Diego Union-Tribune site has slightly-less-annoying ads IMO): Conspiracy theo...
by ObsessoMom
Wed May 17, 2017 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: TVs in public places.
Replies: 15
Views: 5518

Re: TVs in public places.

I live in California. We've had the obnoxious videos on the gas pumps for a few years now--at least in the population centers. Didn't see them when I drove through the less-populated Central Valley recently. The videos seem to run in a one-minute loop, so even though I don't look at the screen, I he...
by ObsessoMom
Wed May 17, 2017 12:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

Should be an interesting trip to Israel in a few days (May 22-23, coinciding with Jerusalem Day, 50 years after East Jerusalem was captured in the Six Day War), if it's still on. It's been rumored that Trump had planned to make "a major announcement" there, such as moving the US Embassy fr...
by ObsessoMom
Tue May 16, 2017 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

Both the GOP and Russia have been treating Trump as a useful idiot. (And Trump seems to have been treating the GOP as useful idiots, too, but I digress.) If Russia thinks keeping Trump in office isn't as useful to them as undermining his power is, I'm sure they'll leak some of the incriminating info...
by ObsessoMom
Mon May 15, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

Time after time over the past two years, I've thought, "Okay, Trump's really crossed the line now--surely this will do him in, and he'll lose support."

Basically, it's been like watching two years of this.
by ObsessoMom
Sat May 13, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS cyberattack
Replies: 82
Views: 27936

Re: NHS cyberattack

Barry Dorrans was talking about the scope of the damage (and why hospitals can't just stop using anything XP). Oy. The mind boggles.

(Also, should I worry that when I try to read those malwaretech.com links above, my browser tells me that malwaretech.com has an expired security certificate?)
by ObsessoMom
Sat May 13, 2017 4:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

The following would be yummy if they didn't make me feel so queasy: First, there's Trump's interview on his economic policy in The Economist , which was accompanied by several essays commenting on it. I thought this one was particularly spot-on: Why Trumponomics won't make America great again: The i...
by ObsessoMom
Sat May 13, 2017 12:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NHS cyberattack
Replies: 82
Views: 27936

Re: NHS cyberattack

If you're interested what RT has to say about the NSA's share of the blame for this, quoting Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, here's a link: Leaked NSA exploit blamed for global ransomware cyberattack (CAVEAT: Whether it's accurate to characterize WikiLeaks as "Russian WikiLeaks," as Hil...
by ObsessoMom
Fri May 12, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 340
Views: 118465

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

French mathematician and physicist Cécile Dewitt-Morette, who taught at the University of Texas at Austin, died on May 8 at the age of 94. From her Wikipedia article (flabbergasted bolding mine): To revitalize French research in mathematics and physics following the war, DeWitt-Morette established a...
by ObsessoMom
Wed May 10, 2017 5:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

Philip Bobbitt's interpretation of why Flynn wasn't fired by Trump (well, he was, but not immediately after Acting Attorney General Sally Yates expressed her concerns that he had lied to Vice President Pence about his contacts with Russia) sounds pretty plausible. Bolding mine: Putting to one side t...
by ObsessoMom
Wed May 10, 2017 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 72374

Re: Breaking Up the United States

I hate this idea, for the very reason Jose is illustrating. Its such a monumentally terrible idea, it is "winner take all" amplified to the Nth degree. The only people it helps are those who are already entrenched in power. The President is a winner-take-all position, so that's completely...
by ObsessoMom
Tue May 09, 2017 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15191
Views: 2705836

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

[Insert the Ghostbusters "don't cross the streams" meme of your choice]
by ObsessoMom
Tue May 09, 2017 1:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1494104

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I understand that nuanced explanations by the one seeking support are exactly what safe spaces are designed to avoid, but If it's any comfort, I found the explanation helpful, eSOANEM, and I'm sure others did as well. Appreciated.
by ObsessoMom
Tue May 09, 2017 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 72374

Re: Breaking Up the United States

On the subject of the Electoral College, are people familiar with the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact ? It has been creeping along for several years now, and is more than half of the way to having enough participating states to take effect. It's supported by the League of Women Voters and s...
by ObsessoMom
Sat May 06, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

Education doesn't necessarily correlate with being rich, if by "rich" you really mean "superrich." There's a big difference between your typical orthodontist and Paris Hilton (who dropped out of high school, but give her credit--she earned her GED!). According to this 2011 Wall S...
by ObsessoMom
Fri May 05, 2017 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 923037

Re: Most excellent times

Link wrote:actual theoretical physicist


Ooooo, you're on your way to becoming an oxymoron! Seriously, congrats.
by ObsessoMom
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

My dad can't tell his favorite jokes anymore for fear that people will say that these jokes are not funny because they are racist and sexist. Dammit, he feels oppressed . And even his own children refuse to feel his pain. Meanwhile, unarmed black people are getting shot and beaten by police, and the...
by ObsessoMom
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 926748

Re: Trump presidency

Could we all please decide if we're talking about Berkeley or Berklee, and use the spelling that corresponds? Thanks.
by ObsessoMom
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 40570

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

A little good news:

Turkish doctor acquitted of insulting Erdogan with Gollum comparison

(I haven't seen this reported anywhere but Middle East Eye yet, which in the context of Gollum suggests...um...anyway, caveat lector.)
by ObsessoMom
Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 27
Views: 15522

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

I don't think you were out of line at all, Jumble. I am very sorry for having quoted you out of context, and have edited the OP to paraphrase what prompted CorruptUser's comments. Actually, I think the whole exercise of moving the discussion here in order to 1.) not derail the original thread and 2....
by ObsessoMom
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13423
Views: 1769146

Re: Today I Learned

addams, you might enjoy this compilation (should I say "pile-up"?) of Biblical cars. Today I Learned that the bird known as the roadrunner , like all members of the cuckoo family, exhibits zygodactyly (feet with toes facing both forward and backward). I would have thought this a significan...
by ObsessoMom
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 41752

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It's not a cost-plus system at all. No, it's a market based system. They charge what the market will bear. It's hard to compare with cars, as each patient case is different but cars are pretty fungible. It's a bit more like pricing artwork, which is another example of "not a cost-plus" sy...
by ObsessoMom
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 11
Views: 8330

Re: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

Thanks, KnightExemplar.
by ObsessoMom
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 60
Views: 21503

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

David Foster Wallace's famous essay "Consider the Lobster," regarding the ethics of boiling lobsters alive, seems relevant. (If you're short of time, I'd recommend skipping to the section that begins on p. 62 and proceeding to the end on p. 64.)
by ObsessoMom
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 27
Views: 15522

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

Despite both of our efforts to communicate, we still seem to be having two entirely different conversations. I didn't mention homosexuality at all in my last post. We can continue to spend a lot of time and energy explaining what we think the other is saying, or we could just call it a draw and quit...
by ObsessoMom
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 27
Views: 15522

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

If I understand you correctly, CorruptUser You don't. Not even sure where to start with you, so I'll just ramble on here. 1) Morals are derived from consequences 2) Consequences are in large part the result of the environment, whether that's the technology of society, the local climate, or the pres...
by ObsessoMom
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 27
Views: 15522

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

Sorry for the double post, but I wanted to distinguish between the quoted material above and my blather below. Unless I'm horribly mistaken, while anesthetics make our individual lives better their availability has little impact on the morals on society. You seem concerned about the effects of homos...
by ObsessoMom
Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 27
Views: 15522

Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

This side-discussion started happening in the "Darker Side of the News" thread, so I thought I'd start this thread on society's interest in sexual morality at Serious Business. The context: [EDITED BY OBSESSOMOM TO PARAPHRASE: Someone else had expressed doubts that many religions provide j...
by ObsessoMom
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 749522

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Unless I'm horribly mistaken, while anesthetics make our individual lives better their availability has little impact on the morals on society. Spoilered for off topic: This thread isn't the place for this conversation, but I don't think the phrase "morals in society" means what y...
by ObsessoMom
Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 41752

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

Sadly for Trump, Congressmembers' bosses are their constituents, not the President:

Per House members, phone calls on the GOP health bill run 50-to-1 against
by ObsessoMom
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15191
Views: 2705836

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Here's a picture from the first meeting of the girl's council in Saudi Arabia for discussing the welfare and empowerment of women. See if you can spot what's missing. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6xnuUIWYAAmDT_.jpg:large The above photo makes a cameo appearance in the following story: All-male Whit...
by ObsessoMom
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9354145

Re: Random natterings

Wait for it.
by ObsessoMom
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 749522

Re: The Darker Side of the News

CorruptUser wrote:The greeks would abandon newborns they couldn't feed, usually the girls, which is why they were so gay.


I understand that your entire post is on the hyperbolic, outrageous gadfly side, CorruptUser, but I find it very hard to see humor in statements like this. Just sayin'.
by ObsessoMom
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 11662

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

Update: Damage, design flaws in Oroville Dam spillway point to lengthy repairs, consultants say Notably, the panel expressed concern that the concrete chute is only a foot thick, and less so in some places. DWR built the spillway on an uneven mountainside and in some spots used compacted clay to fil...
by ObsessoMom
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15191
Views: 2705836

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Despite the show being taken off air, those still toiling for survival in the wilds of the 600-acre estate on the Ardnamurchan peninsula were not informed that their ordeal had not been broadcast since August. Hah! Hard to feel any sympathy really... link Hmmm, I wonder how development of the Mars ...

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