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Comment: Re:Where was this class for me? (Score 1) 1021

by kfort (#29650595) Attached to: What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

I just finished reading Ringworld last night and I wasn't very impressed. The characters seemed shallow and underdeveloped. Some of the ideas are interesting but most of the technology is completely implausible and justified with a hand-wave. From what I've read some of the problems he attempts to explain in the sequels but I don't feel encouraged to read them.

I really liked The Mote in God's Eye, so maybe I will read some CoDominium novels instead of branching into Known Space. I would be interested to hear what people like so much about Ringworld and why it won so many awards.

Comment: Re:not really a ban (Score 1) 631

by kfort (#28564577) Attached to: FDA Considers Banning Acetaminophen-Based Pain Killers

I haven't read that inflamation is part of the body's natural healing process, and I've found (yes, this is anecdotal) that an injury heals faster once I can get the swelling down. I'd have to see a study that backed you up on this, as like I said, it goes exactly contrary to my personal experience.

I don't know of any studies and it's not the mainstream medical view but I got this from an MD that specializes in connective tissue damage.

If NSAIDs are bad for your heart, then why do cardiologists prescribe low doses of aspirin for heart patients?

Because it thins the blood.

Comment: Re:REI's response (Score 1) 1232

by kfort (#27930875) Attached to: Man Arrested For Taking Photo of Open ATM

just wanted to add that I've also seen elsewhere a version of this letter that also adds they didn't trespass him, which doesn't make sense given what we've been told. It seems that there may be multiple versions of this letter and they are still scrambling for a response to stop the damage that is already done

Comment: REI's response (Score 5, Informative) 1232

by kfort (#27930805) Attached to: Man Arrested For Taking Photo of Open ATM

I wrote REI yesterday to express my disapproval and this is the form letter I got back last night:

(what I wrote)

I'm very disappointed with how you treat your customers and I will make
a point not to shop at your store when I need outdoor equipment. You
should respect your customers and not treat them like criminals for
taking pictures.

(what they wrote)
We are aware of the incident at our Seattle store in which an individual
was removed by Seattle Police. While it's unfortunate this occurred on
store property, the ATM machine is owned and maintained by an
independent bank vendor. We did not call the police and did not detain
the individual. We regret this situation happened, but feel our team
acted appropriately under the circumstances and are committed to
providing a welcoming and safe environment for all of our customers.

Thank you for taking time to provide us your feedback. We appreciate the
opportunity to respond. For additional information, I'd encourage you to
contact the Seattle Police Department.


Bethany Nielson
Public Affairs | Recreational Equipment, Inc.

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