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Comment: Utter Lack of Forethought and Responsibilty (Score 2) 1032 1032

When buddy chose to sign up for the student loans, he obviously didn't spend 1 second thinking about how he was going to pay them back. His strategy was to study whatever made him happy, borrow as much money as that required, and hope that when he graduated he would land a high paying job in his chosen field. I see no sign that he ever asked himself what the starting salary in that field was, how long it would take to get to his high paying job, and based on those facts determine how long he would take to pay his loans. Now he wants to walk away from his bad decision, (which he could likely have figured out was a bad decision before he took on a penny of debt), he wants you and me to pay for it instead, and he wants to justify it to himself so that he doesn't have to feel guilty. He gets zero sympathy from me.

Comment: Re:WoW? (Score 2) 277 277

Are you going for a "Reverse No True Scotsman"? Only nerds play pac-man, so anyone who played pac-man had to be a nerd. That is just flat out wrong. Back in the early 80's games like Pac-man and Frogger and Centipede were everywhere, every bar, every bowling alley, every pizza joint, every 7-11 had a few arcade games. All sorts of people played them, some were nerds, but a whole lot of them were not.

Comment: Re:Two quick fixes to mass replicate (Score 1) 234 234

"I am just going to make my kid take his chances with the same lowest-common-denominator education that all the other kids receive. I am sure that he can rise above the herd anyway."
 
That's exactly what I did. Disclaimer - I'm not rich. My wife proposed to send our kids to a private school for the obvious reason of a better quality education. I suggested we take the money that we would have spent on private school and spend it on a house in a better area closer to town. The kids would be able to attend a good public school right down the street instead of bussing an hour each way to a private school. The public school was not as good as the private school, but was more than good enough (upper 75th percentile in statewide rankings). As a bonus, my commute was cut by 30 minutes each way, so I was home most days as soon as my kids were home from school and was able to spend a lot more time with them.

Comment: Re:This law will not stand... (Score 1) 545 545

There are some religious types who like to juggle rattlesnakes. It is their right to do this, even if the rest of us all think it is stupid and dangerous. It isn't even neccessary to invoke religious freedom to permit this. That does not give them the right to put their children at risk by making them handle snakes.

Comment: Re:Whack-a-mole (Score 1) 87 87

Similar experience here. On several occasions I was given demerol in a hospital. The first two or three times it was like the best buzz ever. All my pain was gone and I was floating on a happy cloud of bliss fog. After that the next few times i got no pain, bliss and nausea like a boat ride in 12 foot waves. Never really enjoyed it once the nausea hit. Maybe if i took gravol first.....

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