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Comment: Re:What's really behind this hue and cry? (Score 1) 421

by anmre (#49410395) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Banned In Six States

While this may be an issue, I'm not sure it's a significant one.

I disagree. The restaurant lobby is immesely influential. We're all smart enough here at /. to know that the restaurant markup on liquor is huge, even bigger at concerts and sporting events. Given their unique success in flouting federal minimum wage laws, do you honestly think they wouldn't do everything in their power (including drafting bogus laws) to make sure that their cash cow liquor revenue isn't disrupted? Come to think of it, we're seeing this exact thing play out with Tesla as we speak.

Where I see an issue is minors, who can't buy the overpriced booze at the show/concert/game/whatever, wanting some way to sneak some alcohol in.

I'm just curious if that includes the entire swath of the adult population who is 18-21 years-old. Because they're doing beer bongs in the parking lot instead of buying in the stadium. And, what difference does it make to you if someone brings a packet of this "Palcohol", or an airplane bottle of Captain Morgan's, or even a packet of Koolaid into a show/concert/game/whatever? You can't legislate morality, friend.

Comment: Re:How about just a day off? (Score 1) 1089

by anmre (#49296325) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

For the love of spaghetti, this! And for that matter, why not have a voting week?

According to Obama, "The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups."

Well, guess what? That encompasses the entire working class of the USA. Most of whom do not have the means to take hours off on a tuesday. Sure, employers are required by law to allow their employees to vote, but the employers are under no obligation to pay folks for that time off.

But mostly, what I came here to say is that I'm really disappointed in what a pussy Obama has turned out to be. It's like he's campaigning for hope and change all over again. He's had 6 years to do the right thing!

Comment: Re:Nothing to see here (Score 1) 144

by anmre (#49231005) Attached to: Go R, Young Man
Yea you're right about that. I misspoke about being indispensable -- I was actually laid off suddenly from my position at a fortune 500 about 2 years ago. Two weeks later I got a text from my ex-supervisor asking me for the macro passcode to the spreadsheet I used daily to hook into SQL Server, run SQL scripts and email dashboard reports to 30 people (including accounting and warehouse managers). I got a kick out of that one!

Comment: Re:Right now I am thinking... (Score 1) 169

by anmre (#49226639) Attached to: NBC Thinks Connected Gloves and "Bullet Time" Can Make Boxing Cool

Injuries and sometimes death do occur in all sports. I've torn my ACL twice on the field and had to have surgery to repair it. It fucking hurt, but I would hardly call that violent, insofar as it wasn't torn by some guy trying to rip my leg off. You can't possibly watch UFC and declare that those two aren't trying to annihilate each other by any means necessary (yes, within the rules). That's what it takes to win right?

It's not my intention to gloss over anything, and I realize how hard those fighters train and how much skill they possess. There are varying degrees of skill, and the UFC fighters are the best in the world. However, it's still violent. I simply don't understand why fans can't admit that they're into violence. You seem to enjoy the tactics, which I can respect. Much like some (American) football fans actually pay attention to the plays and formations. But I think that far more fans tune in simply to watch somebody get slammed. If either sport were all about tactics, then wouldn't flag football and wrestling be at least marginally more popular sports to watch?

I can also agree that there is probably less long term brain damage done to a MMA fighter than a boxer, simply because he's not getting smacked in the temple thousands of times. Again, that doesn't make the sport any less (or more) violent than cage fighting. Perhaps statistically safer which may indeed be more to your point.

Anyway, I think we've reached an impasse on the point. I'm not advocating a ban on anything. To each, their own. I appreciate your elaboration and best of luck to you!

Comment: Re:Right now I am thinking... (Score 1) 169

by anmre (#49215043) Attached to: NBC Thinks Connected Gloves and "Bullet Time" Can Make Boxing Cool

Those are all completely irrelevant, and I won't get into them. You're sliding off onto tangents.

It's a touch of cruelty to watch two boxers beat the shit out of each other, which is likely why this sport should be considered the one the audience should be moving on from.

That's what you said. And I countered with this:

The only difference I observe from boxing is that it's two barbarians trying to kill each other on the ground, vs standing up.

Case closed, friend! I think my point was quite clear. If you're trying to convince me that cage-fighting has any virtue besides feeding the gambling industry, then bring some verifiable facts to the conversation. Your pontificating on the inherent dangers of life in general says nothing about cage-fighting being unnecessarily violent and barbaric.

Comment: Re:Right now I am thinking... (Score 1) 169

by anmre (#49209321) Attached to: NBC Thinks Connected Gloves and "Bullet Time" Can Make Boxing Cool

I've seen that movie. I've also seen Sidekicks with Chuck Norris, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, MacGyver, and the Power Rangers Movie. All of which revolve around the same trope -- the wise martial artist, who only uses his skills for self-defense, which conveniently occurs every 15-20 minutes.

Thing is, that's just not what cage-fighting or boxing are about. Those sports are about going on the offensive and pummeling your opponent as hard as you can until he goes limp. And when he does go limp, you never see the "winner" on the ground offering first aid. Nope, he's jumping around the ring in celebration for his victory, while the crowd goes wild.

the UFC most often is an exposition of valuable martial arts techniques.

Yes -- valuable to the gambling industry. Martial arts might have virtue in that they can teach discipline and even self-defense. But the UFC is about making money from pure violence.

Comment: Re:Right now I am thinking... (Score 1) 169

by anmre (#49209183) Attached to: NBC Thinks Connected Gloves and "Bullet Time" Can Make Boxing Cool

Who said anything about golf or cancer? People clobbering each other in a cage for the sole purpose of entertainment is a blood sport. I don't have to spell out the obvious differences between the rules of boxing and cage-fighting to make the point that both are equally and unnecessarily violent.

Comment: Re:Right now I am thinking... (Score 2, Insightful) 169

by anmre (#49204273) Attached to: NBC Thinks Connected Gloves and "Bullet Time" Can Make Boxing Cool

So ... you enjoy watching UFC fights because its somehow less barbaric than boxing? Every time I'm at a bar, there is at least one television showing UFC. The only difference I observe from boxing is that it's two barbarians trying to kill each other on the ground, vs standing up.

But please, do continue parroting Sports Center about the virtues of one blood sport over another.

Comment: Teachin music (Score 1) 94

by anmre (#48959357) Attached to: What Happens When the "Sharing Economy" Meets Higher Education

This sounds like almost every free-lance "music" teacher I've ever come across.

Just because you can play some chords on a guitar doesn't make you qualified to teach music. These folks are either naive about how much work and expertise it actually takes to be a true teacher, or they're charlatans attempting to prey off the naivete of others. I mean, there's a reason why we have education accreditation boards, right?

Comment: Re:In case of emergency (Score 1) 241

by anmre (#47951159) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

What I want to know is how come there isn't any discussion of shutting down the NSA et.al. itself (if we can agree that it is acting beyond the scope of its purview) before giving the Feds the power to kill free expression in the name of preventing terrorism or spying or whatever.

Personally, I'm far less afraid of some other nation's government "spying" on me than I am of my own government deciding that the First Amendment is no longer applicable due to said spying. We'd all be undoubtedly safer in prison cells too, but I think most would agree that we don't want to give the government the power to arbitrarily lock us up for our own "protection". I realize that's a bit hyperbolic, but then again, in today's world, being cut off from the internet would bring an awful lot of hardship.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson