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Comment: Re:So cool (Score 1) 34

by PopeRatzo (#49756417) Attached to: A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video)

Then become a Sikh, and stop boring us with this nonsense.

I happen to think dogs are great too, but that doesn't mean I should want to become a dog.

MechaStreisand, you are an unpleasant person. Your comments almost always refer to other people as "retards", "idiots" or "morons". It's a little bit unseemly for such a stupid sonofabitch to be doing that. It's really no way to go through life.

Comment: Re:So cool (Score 1) 34

by PopeRatzo (#49755771) Attached to: A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video)

Would you be more worried about what atheists thought, or what Sikhs would think if they knew you didn't belong to their religion?

Atheists think a lot of different things, and I'd like to think that most atheists aren't actually offended by the fact that religious people exist. That would be a pretty horrible way to go through life.

If there is a specific religious significance to the headwear, I wouldn't want believers to think I was denigrating their beliefs.

I'm old school in that I don't believe in being offensive without good reason.

Comment: Re:Not the Issue (Score 1) 128

by PopeRatzo (#49755071) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely

American Justice is about having a penalty so severe that the risk/reward ratio makes doing the crime a bad idea. Unfortunately, many, many people today have a problem with thinking very far in the future.

No, American Justice is about keeping enough poor people incarcerated that revolution can be avoided.

The ridiculous percentage of Americans that are incarcerated has more to do with politics than it does crime.

Comment: Re:So cool (Score 1) 34

by PopeRatzo (#49755037) Attached to: A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video)

He's a Sikh not a Muslim you idiot

The Sikh people I've met are some of the best people on the planet. They're the opposite of whatever Fox News muslim stereotype that AC was talking about.

Plus, as musicians, they rock:

Comment: Re:So cool (Score 1) 34

by PopeRatzo (#49754979) Attached to: A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video)

Or are you suggesting that turbans are only for "brown" people?

Nah, I'm just concerned that there is a religious significance to the turban that would offend people if I wore one. Like the time grew payot and wore a shtreimel while I was front man for a Christian death metal band, The Fifth Horseman.

Comment: So cool (Score 1) 34

by PopeRatzo (#49754537) Attached to: A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video)

I hope this isn't taken the wrong way or offends anyone, but I think turbans are extremely cool. I play music with a Sikh dude and always envy his headgear. If you think about all the cultural & religious headwear for men in the world, why are white American men so badly shortchanged? I can either wear a Carhartt mesh back trucker cap and look like someone who pimps out his little sister for meth or a flat-brim baseball cap and look like a gangbanger. Or, I can wear a fedora and look like some skeevy YouTube PUA or a knit skully and look like a hipster. Bowler hats or top hats are not really me, you know? What's left? A North African kufi hat is kind of slick, but what I really want to wear is a turban. I've dug them since I was a kid and saw stuff like this:

or this...

or this...

There's a rich history of cool musicians wearing turbans. Dr Lonnie Smith, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, even Professor Longhair was known to show up in a turban. I once saw the Fabulous Thunderbirds live and harmonica player extraordinaire Kim Wilson came out in a pair of RayBans and an electric blue turban. Dammit, I want to wear a turban too.

[I hope I didn't offend anyone with this comment, because I sincerely didn't mean to. If someone can offer better headwear alternatives for a white American guy, please do. ]

Comment: Re:I'm extremely surprised... (Score 2) 142

by garcia (#49753167) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

In Minnesota, the public sector is mandated by statute to release information to the public and be setup in a way which facilitates this action:

Subdivision 1.Public data. All government data collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated by a government entity shall be public unless classified by statute, or temporary classification pursuant to section 13.06, or federal law, as nonpublic or protected nonpublic, or with respect to data on individuals, as private or confidential. The responsible authority in every government entity shall keep records containing government data in such an arrangement and condition as to make them easily accessible for convenient use. Photographic, photostatic, microphotographic, or microfilmed records shall be considered as accessible for convenient use regardless of the size of such records.

I have used this exact quoted statute many-a-time to force local government agencies in Minnesota to not only provide me information, which they were usually willing to do, but for free or very low cost.

I made a request once to a public transit agency who told me it would be several hundred dollars to do. I told them if they had followed the statute to make the data readily accessible by the public, it wouldn't require the work they were trying to charge me to do. Their legal counsel informed them I was indeed correct and I got it for the cost of the media.

Maybe there is a similar statute in this case which drove the decision?

Comment: Re:This is why adultery is wrong (Score 2) 167

This is why people with substantial power — such as, first of all, government officials — must not engage in adultery or anything similarly reprehensible even if it is not illegal for the rest of us. Not because of some wicked "puritanism", but because it opens them up to blackmail, that corrupts government thus affecting all of us.

And if I do it, it opens me up to getting my throat slit in my sleep.

Comment: Re:Yeah, disappointing (Score 1) 769

There are plenty of men who are killed by their wives too. Here is a handy list of domestic abuse studies

It's still over three to one, with three times as many men killing their female spouses as women killing their male spouses.

So, when you say, "plenty", you are definitely not speaking relatively. For example, last year we had 1500 women killed by intimate men and 400 men killed by intimate women (and yes, that includes women who had a second man kill the husband).

Now, if you want to look at the ratios of non-fatal abuse, it's even more stark. Despite what you will see on PUA websites, men are far more likely to abuse their female spouses.

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