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    Yesterday, 06:59 PM
    Yes but it's also likely that it's not going to work out so well for the females, either. Do you really think Cersei is long for this world? The Dorne snakes are still useless. Yara has worked pretty hard to become leadership material, though I doubt her people will be happy to give up reaving and raping. If Jon's days are numbered, it's be the fault of Littlefinger and not Sansa, plus I'm not sure the story will resurrect Jon, have completed his backstory, then have Littlefinger poison him or something.
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    06-26-2016, 04:22 PM
    Most of these are essentially "there is gravity, hence the earth is flat."
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    06-26-2016, 03:55 PM
    A lot of the lighter vehicles also happen to be the fuel efficient ones. It's a lot better than tracking people around. Incidentally, if people are going to nitpick about wear and tear on the roads, then the elephant in the room is that they'd have to track me to see which roads I'm on. If I spend a great deal of time on dirt roads or roads that will need very little/no upkeep to be funded by my fuel tax, I'm still taxed the same under all of the proposed systems.
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    06-26-2016, 03:51 PM
    "I love fat boys/men"?
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    06-26-2016, 03:29 PM
    Burrito Lives Matter. Now they're teaching their young how to destroy young burrito lives.
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    06-26-2016, 02:49 PM
    Hell, look at how BLM hijacked this thread, for instance...
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    06-26-2016, 02:40 PM
    People who are disabled are discriminated against. All-stop. If you want to advocate for the disabled, then address the root causes of that discrimination. BLM states on their website that black disabled people are more likely to be discriminated against, so they're focused on that. That's not addressing the root cause. People don't ignore the disabled because they're black. LGBT people are discriminated against. All-stop. Whether one thinks, from a moral perspective, that the discrimination should exist is a separate matter. BLM states that black LGBT people are more likely to be discriminated against, so they're focused on that. That's not addressing the root cause. People don't dislike homosexuals based on skin color. So, no, I'm not hurt about being "excluded" but I do think it hurts the effectiveness of a group to protest loudly and pretend to stand for something they're really not. You were the one who said earlier in the thread that BLM was there to address issues of police brutality, etc.. I pointed out that it's not the case per their own website. "Black Lives Matter" is interjecting race into situations where race isn't the underlying problem. You'll find, for instance, that even taking white drug-related incarceration rates, there's a massive disparity between how someone cooking meth in a trailer and some society girl forging prescriptions for medication is treated. You could even go so far as to make them look alike, be the same age, come from two-parent homes, etc., and you will have the same issue. Take a quick browse through crimes against LGBT motivated by sexual orientation, and you will see an awful lot of the victims are not black. Not "a few" or "the exception," but many.
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    06-26-2016, 08:09 AM
    Precisely. The gas tax also encourages --- without being an utter asshole about it --- people to consider fuel efficiency when purchasing a vehicle. The consideration may amount to "fuck it; I am getting a muscle car" but it's still in the back of our minds. We went from a small SUV and a Cadillac to two Civics at one point, and the difference was substantial enough to make it a huge consideration going forward.
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    06-25-2016, 09:01 PM
    lol Well I have signage up. That's probably the best note on which to bow out and say g'night. :)
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    06-25-2016, 08:47 PM
    You can look up "Snakes at Disney" and go through the photos and videos, btw, and realize that's only a matter of time since people are idiots. When that happens, there will be calls for more signs since Disney definitely knows about them, too. Apparently there HAVE been attacks. Where are you guys on this? CBR = Caribbean Beach Resort
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    06-25-2016, 08:41 PM
    A toddler wading at the shore at night where there is a steep drop-off is not the same as you walking with one foot on the beach. "Not so with an alligator" is inaccurate. It's highly unusual for alligators to randomly be aggressive and lunge at you on shore with no cover, unless they're hand-fed, which we've already covered over and over again. The video you posted says the same thing. Yes, I'm aware gators can jump and climb --- and do so regardless of signage. I'm the one that posted the video of one climbing a fence, and it's usually safe to assume you'd need an 8+ foot fence designed not to be climbable to keep out critters in this general category (including the aforementioned snakes and turtles). A stone barrier would be preferable, honestly, as I mentioned before. Look! There IS a sign warning of gators! But not snakes... even though it's way more likely you'd be fending off a water moccasin in that area. Disney's ahead of them on that front. Neither of them seem to care about turtles or fire ants. Frankly, it's amazing any of us are alive.
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    06-25-2016, 08:10 PM
    Shut yo mouth!
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    06-25-2016, 08:09 PM
    Actually now I am wondering why the new shore doesn't have the steep drop-off mentioned. They seemed to think warning about the drop-off would keep people out of the water and hence out of the jaws of alligators (or giant snakes, which is still perplexing), but that didn't work. Now they have signs about gators and snakes, but what if someone doesn't realize there's a shelf there and falls into suddenly deep water?
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    06-25-2016, 08:01 PM
    You're right. Someone should have put up a sign. Want to take a guess as to where this sign is? So my hypothetical, which you seem so interested in discounting, isn't really a hypothetical. This sign was up, and parents ignored it and their toddler was wading right near a steep drop-off. While engaged in what was already an action that endangered their child, another danger came up and snatched him away, likely aided by the deep water. That doesn't make it the parents' fault (maybe they were ready to swoop in if the child lost his footing, and felt they were prepared to guard against the drop-off danger), but for some reason no one seems to be pointing out these signs were there. This is actually a missing piece for me. The story of the body being found yards from shore didn't make sense, but it does now. It's much deeper there, right off shore.
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    06-25-2016, 07:33 PM
    That was what I was asking. You're really on a name-calling binge tonight, btw. I pointed out that hold harmless agreements don't work the way you're saying they do when there are other factors which tip the scales and make it no longer a natural hazard, but you glossed over that. If I say there are alligators in a lake, there's an assumption they are natural alligators, and not hand-fed alligators, and definitely there's an assumption that there's not a huge area under my control where alligators are being allowed to breed and come over to that lake. If those last two things are happening, though, no sign is going to cover me; I've created an unnatural hazard. I could paste several boring paragraphs of case law, but something tells me you will just roll your eyes, stomp your foot, and admit you didn't read it anyhow.
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    06-25-2016, 07:09 PM
    Oh. Okay. So Disney having a sign up that there were alligators would have been sufficient to protect them, even if they had an entire area where they were allowing alligators to breed and get into the lagoon, and knowledge of people feeding them. The sign constitutes equal knowledge and implies that the alligators are hand-fed, park-bred, and unafraid of people. I notice you didn't cite anything new, especially pertaining to the "steep drop-off" part of my question.
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    06-25-2016, 06:31 PM
    Right, but it's not just about corruption in the police department. Their own site goes on to talk about, essentially, how discrimination is MORE discrimination-y when you're black. LGBT? Well it's important to BLM... if you're black. Discrimination against the disabled? It's important... if you're black. The study you linked to is not particularly helpful, btw. It's a reasonably small sample size in a fairly localized geographic area. It doesn't really mention where in Florida the officers are from, which does make a difference. I am also suspicious of a study that goes through the trouble to tell us the racial and gender makeup of the original 50 officers used for the study, then doesn't tell us which two were not included in the final findings during their Method paragraph. Even something as simple as whether or not the officer was right- or left-handed would have a bearing on the study, but it's not mentioned.
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    06-25-2016, 06:07 PM
    I'm more familiar with hold harmless clauses and agreements than I'd like to be, by the way, and they're generally negated in courts of law when there's an even slightly substantiated claim of negligence. In your ski example, if I sign my life away and then someone from the resort left something out on the course and I was injured on my way down, the resort does not get to claim that I signed away my right to sue. They can try, but it won't be particularly effective and it tends to turn those hearing the case against the resort. With your assertion that a sign covers Disney, because it makes the person aware, you're also saying that's the end of the story. If Disney keeps this sign and that fantastic rope fence, but also keeps the alligator breeding ground nearby intact and doesn't work to demolish it, and they also continue to allow rich patrons to feed the alligators from the bungalows just down the shore, then they are actively creating a hazard above and beyond what's natural. The sign is not going to cover that. The sign is also not going to help if a non-English speaker is injured. The sign is not going to help if someone goes just past the edge (the fence ends rather oddly right now, with a sign, but beyond that sign there is more alligator-friendly coast). It's not going to help, btw, in my example of someone finding a snake away from the beach and claiming inadequate or misleading warnings; Disney will find itself liable there, too. So no, a sign doesn't automatically mean the person can be assumed to be fully aware of the risk, and it doesn't render the person putting up the sign automatically safe from litigation or criminal charges.
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    06-25-2016, 04:23 PM
    Said it more than a dozen posts ago. I mentioned the snakes because Disney is acknowledging there are snakes... and the sign clearly implies I won't get bitten if I stay away from the water. This is akin to how people are arguing the sign said "no swimming" but did not mention wading. It's a distinction that can and will be exploited legally and civilly. You didn't actually address the concern about the sign. Disney knows there are snakes, but their signage is misleading. Hell, the alligator signage is misleading. The threat you are perceiving and labeling as assault simply isn't. If an alligator is hissing at you then the fear that it's also interested in eating you is all in your head. It's likely a mother telling you to get away from her nest. They're going to need a LOT more signs, then, and so will most people who live anywhere there's even a bit of wildlife. As for the pertaining case law, it's evolving on the matter of golf courses and the like. None of those "inviting beaches" along lakes I posted have any signs warning of wildlife. I didn't notice any signs regarding lightning during my last few trips to park, even though it injures more people than alligators at Florida parks (and there is nothing quite as reliable as lightning in Florida in the summer).
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    06-25-2016, 03:30 PM
    The part you're missing. I understand that some of you are under the impression that an alligator even hissing at your child is an attack, but it's not. If two alligators were "chasing" a child with the intent to actually grab it, either that man needs to be in the Olympics or the alligators were engaged in posturing rather than attacking. Or the child was all the way in the water, which you did not mention? That would slow the father down even further. Gators don't generally chase down prey on land, and they tire of trying to sprint. Humans don't run too quickly in water, where the alligators would have easily caught up to the child if they were racing towards it. The "pet alligator" comment has been mentioned in this thread already... by me. Hand-feeding alligators does make them liable, as does creating a safe breeding ground for alligators in the old water park. I'm not sure why you're trying to make an argument that a "stay away from the water" sign with alligators and snakes mentioned is enough. If I am walking through a garden area at that resort, and a snake bites me, can I argue that I stayed away from the water and still got bitten? Obviously Disney knows there are snakes, and their sign made me think the snakes were only near the water. Do you see why I say that the signs don't magically remove all liability? The same goes for startling a sunning alligator (on land and not necessarily near the water). I'm not near the water. Disney can say they warned me all they want, but the sign would be very insufficient. It would also not be enough if I lost a few fingers to an alligator snapping turtle. I've seen gators at Sea World, too, btw. I also have seen sharks in the ocean, scorpions in the desert, bear prints in the woods, and gang members in Baltimore. If I'd been harmed by any of the aforementioned, I would hope my family wasn't awful enough to sue. It wouldn't be my fault for getting harmed, but it also would not be everyone else's fault for not putting a sign up to warn me.
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    06-25-2016, 10:55 AM
    Pro tip: He very likely would not have seen an alligator in dim light (night or twilight) regardless of how well-lit the dock was, but there you go. Signs, lighting, and constant armed patrols. I think that about covers it so far.
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    06-25-2016, 10:39 AM
    Philhelm was on the fence about BREXIT until Elizabeth Hurley made a persuasive argument.
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    06-25-2016, 10:20 AM
    Not really, no. If it's about police brutality, then it should be about that. The police have managed to end or ruin a very large number of lives, not all of them black. Many of them had the unfortunate overlapping characteristic of being non-upper class. Whipping around and yelling "No justice, no peace! No racist police!" doesn't draw attention to the "real problems" at all. It paints it as the police simply being racist and drawing conclusions about blacks, particularly younger black men. It glosses over the notion that the police are completely out of control in a number of situations. Looking for a suspect? Military equipment is a feasible thing to bring into the search. You can also fire into a vehicle as long as it really, really looks like what you think the suspect was last driving, and if you can justify it as being "suspicious."
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    06-25-2016, 10:10 AM
    You're going to bust something if you continue on like this. There were not "multiple gator attacks." There was one attack resulting in injury, and a number of posturing incidents. That does make a difference. The warning sign that's been put up does not warn people about previous gator attacks, nor that gators can attack, nor the parameters of that gator attack. It's really not much better than the "no swimming" sign. It says to stay away from the water, and there's a rope fence. If someone gets attacked on the sand, they'll say this was insufficient. If you can't see that, wait a bit longer and it will sadly happen. I'm not sure why they think telling people to stay away from the water will prevent snakebites; that one's just puzzling.
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    06-23-2016, 04:55 PM
    So two boys? Not three, or four, like the old lady said? Also, someone posted that one of the boys was Iraqi... so I guess it's close enough for her. The whole situation could have used adult supervision from the get-go: young boys up to no good with a cellphone to document their stupidity, and a way-too-young girl in an enclosed space where nothing good is likely to happen.
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    06-23-2016, 12:56 PM
    all one should need to know??? Cotton??? the young neocon extraordinaire??
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    06-23-2016, 05:21 AM
    Zika is the loudest boogeyman, but between the unstable government issues, toxic waste, social issues, cost, time, and everything else, yeah, I don't see the appeal.
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    06-23-2016, 05:20 AM
    Oh yeah NH is a paradise. And yeah, the winters cause problems. It's not about being a wuss, it's about feeling every break, dislocation, sprain, burn, and tear all for the joy of staring out at a picture postcard before having to dig your way to civilization :D Point being:
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