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Comment Re:What the hell is wrong with people? (Score 1) 1148

I read the conversation and this had nothing to do with people not wanting to get involved. The other participants were actively encouraging the shooter to go through with it. Of course they didnt report the shooter. From the conversation they were excited and even talking about how they would be famous after the shooting when the media would want to talk to them.

Comment Re:Let's face it... (Score 1) 260

There is always the Latter-day Saints Moses 1:35-39 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them. 36 And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content. 37 And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine. 38 And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words. 39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

Comment Wait for it... (Score 1) 229

I have an iPhone, but I've been holding off on getting an ad blocker until it becomes apparent which one will really be the best. Apparently I also need to wait to see which one won't close up shop and which one will really be an ad blocker and not just a pseudo-ad blocker.

Comment Re:Mail in Ballots (Score 1) 263

Sure, that is possible. I've never heard of it happening in Oregon but it probably has a few times. Overall though I think the benefits far far far outweigh the potential downsides. Though Oregon is a fairly laid back place. Perhaps in someplace like Illinois they would have more issues.

Comment Mail in Ballots (Score 1) 263

Or everyone could switch to the Oregon way of voting and use mail-in ballots. I've lived in places where I had to take my time to stand in line at voting centers. Hopefully never again. Being able to leisurely fill out my ballot in my home and then quickly dropping it off in a ballot box at the library or other such places is so convenient that I'm astonished everyone else doesn't follow this same model. It just works.

Comment Why is it always the garage? (Score 3, Funny) 80

It seems like every startup from Apple to HP to Oculus is said to have started in the garage. Why do we never read about a startup starting up in the kitchen or the living room? Especially in California where it would seem that the lack of AC in the garage would be a major deterrent.

Comment Re:They can help you sleep better (Score 3, Informative) 21

This. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and I have one of those breathing machines. But I never use it. I've tried nearly a dozen different masks but I couldn't ever get used to sleeping with any of them. Even if I could eventually fall asleep I would always pull it off my face in my sleep which would then wake me up since it would start making a loud sound.

Comment Re:Methamphetamines age you prematurely. (Score 1) 285

So far it's great. The older kids help care for the younger kids. We have built in baby sitters. They always have friends to play with. The household chores get spread out ("Many hands make light work"). And, people assume if it costs X to raise 1 child then it must cost X*n (n=7 in our case) to raise more than one child. But that simply isn't true. Toys, clothes, etc. get handed down and recycled. If you make your own meals instead of eating out then it doesn't require that much more food to feed 9 than say 4 (the young ones eat less, often times some of them will be picky eaters, etc.). Plus when it's game night we have plenty of people to compete against ;-)

Comment Re:Methamphetamines age you prematurely. (Score 2) 285

An opposite anecdote. My wife and I have 7 children, and people are always commenting on how young we look (most say we look about 10 years younger than we are) and are shocked when they find out we have any children, much less 7. Of course, other than the children themselves we don't have too much stress. I have a fantastic well paying job, we have great health insurance, we have little to no debt, we live in a great community in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, etc.