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Comment: Re:Misplaced apostrophe (Score 1) 408

by The Monster (#29296183) Attached to: GMail Experiences Serious Outage

I don't believe it was singular thou and plural you. It was formal you and familiar thou, like Japanese has. I base on that on my recollection from reading a book about the history of the English language.

Thy (recollection of the) book is incomplete.

Originally, it was singular thou and plural you, but the influence of Norman French royalty and nobility caused the plural form to take on an additional flavor of formality (think of the "royal 'we'" here). At this point, "thou" was only used for familiar singular, while "you" could be used to indicate formal and/or plural. Eventually, "thou" was not used anywhere other than the Bible and certain religious/ethnic groups, which has led more modern speakers of English to think thou is the formal version!

Comment: Re:Misplaced apostrophe (Score 1) 408

by The Monster (#29284019) Attached to: GMail Experiences Serious Outage

and I'm not going to give up on my preferred version based on pronunciation

There is no pronunciation of the apostrophe. It merely indicates the missing letters. The remaining letters are "yall" either way.

That a lot of other people misplace apostrophes (or should I say "apostrophe's"?) doesn't mean you should do it too. Y'a'l'l are just wrong.

Comment: Misplaced apostrophe (Score 1) 408

by The Monster (#29281747) Attached to: GMail Experiences Serious Outage

ya'll'll ...PS, it just means "you all will"

If it does, then let's contract it:

"you all will"
"y'all'll"

The apostrophes indicate the missing letters "ou" and "wi".

As much of a prescriptivist grammarian as I am, I recognize that English lost something when singular "thou" was merged into the plural "you" into a numberless second person. Meanwhile, German got to keep "du" for singular. Words like "y'all" and "youse" are simply attempts to re-establish number in the second person. I prefer the former, but that may be my Midwestern bias showing through. I do like the apostrophe to be put in the right place, though.

Or dost thou shit me with thy comment?

Comment: Misleading sig (Score 1) 300

by The Monster (#29281583) Attached to: How Many Bits Does It Take To Kill You?

What do you call a hockey Mom that preaches 'Abstinence only'? ... A grandma!

If the grandma you're thinking of is the former Governor of Alaska, you're thinking wrong:

"I'm pro-contraception, and I think kids who may not hear about it at home should hear about it in other avenues," she said during a debate in Juneau. . . . Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella said the governor stands by her 2006 statement, supporting sex education that covers both abstinence and contraception.

But don't let the facts get in the way of The Narrative.

Comment: "Zero Gravity" (Score 1) 262

by The Monster (#29273465) Attached to: Making Babies In Space May Not Be Easy
I really hate that expression. If there were no gravity "in space", the International Space Station, as well as GPS and communications satellites, wouldn't stay in orbit. For that matter, the moon wouldn't orbit the Earth, and the Earth wouldn't orbit the Sun. The correct term is "free fall".

Comment: Ridiculous standard (Score 1) 246

by The Monster (#28437855) Attached to: German Member of Parliament Joins Pirate Party

I qualified my statement with Western because it is the western nations that believe in liberty. It is easy to claim that you're better then some 3rd world country with no traditions of freedom.

That has to be one of the more ridiculous things I've ever read. Even though by any objective measure, we allow people more liberty than any other country on the planet, because our standards are higher that somehow makes us worse than totalitarian regimes? You want us to lower our standards in our Constitution, as if that will get the politicians to stop violating it?

Still you would get more respect if you followed your own constitution. As an example the first amendment says that congress shall make no laws limiting speech yet you have child porn laws.

As the father of daughters, and the grandfather of granddaughters, I find child porn laws worse than the problem they purport to solve. But your country has those Orwellian (if not Kafkaesque) "Human Rights Commissions" that muzzle speech.

Comment: Re:Well done Germany (Score 1) 246

by The Monster (#28417389) Attached to: German Member of Parliament Joins Pirate Party

the last western country to outlaw slavery

We fought the bloodiest war in our history (measured in terms of killing the largest percentage of our people) ending it.

Interesting that you qualify that statement with "western"; slavery was officially abolished in China in 1910, but still exists in some regions. It's also quite widespread in Africa.

The country that practiced segregation in living memory

Unlike, say, South Africa, or India (where to this day the Dalits (aka "Untouchables") are segregated:

Dalits are not allowed to drink from the same wells, attend the same temples, wear shoes in the presence of an upper caste, or drink from the same cups in tea stalls

Then there's the religious segregation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Saudi Arabia (non-Muslims are forbidden to enter Mecca or Medina). I could go on, but I won't bother.

Call it "propaganda" if you want, but notice which direction the people illegally crossing our borders are going. Look at how the communist East Germany had to put up a wall with border guards under orders to shoot anyone trying to flee to the West (where US, UK, and French authorities permitted a goverment that respected the liberty of the people). If the reality of the liberty in Western Civilization in general, and in the US in particular, were that much worse than the "propaganda", there would be people going the other direction, and even some who came this way going back.

Of course we aren't perfect; no government is. But we are exceptional in the founding principles to which we aspire. Other people have taken notice of the practical value of those principles, and choose to emulate them.

Comment: Re:Well done Germany (Score 1) 246

by The Monster (#28410851) Attached to: German Member of Parliament Joins Pirate Party

I'm assuming you're american since only an american could have such a completely wrong image of their own country as some kind of beacon of democracy to the rest of the world.

I guess that means the protestors at Tiananmen Square who built a replica of the Statue of Liberty were Americans instead of Chinese.

Come to think of it, maybe you're right. We aren't a beacon of democracy, but of liberty. That democracy invented in Europe 2,000 years ago voted to exile/kill Socrates because they thought his ideas would hurt The Children.

Some things never change.

Privacy

Gov't Computers Used to Find Info on "Joe the Plumber" 793

Posted by timothy
from the wurzelbacher-wurzelbacher-french-is-it? dept.
After Joe Wurzelbacher of Ohio gained fame as "Joe the Plumber" in the course of the current presidential campaign, it seems that he's drawn more than idle curiosity from people with access to what should probably be confidential information. An anonymous reader writes with a story from The Columbus Dispatch that "government insiders accessed Joe the Plumber's records soon after the McCain-Obama debate. 'Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher's driver's license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate. Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.' Welcome to 1984."

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter (Score 2, Insightful) 207

by The Monster (#25185485) Attached to: Safe Stem Cells Produced From Adult Cells

The person being killed probably doesn't care much whether he's injected with a lethal poison or shot in the head. The person needing a transplant, on the other hand, cares very much about living a normal life.

Don't you see how this practice encourages the killing to be done in the first place?

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