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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1291

by rmdingler (#46775713) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
Affirmative. The freedom to be all that you can be, succeed , and rise to become a wealthy man from poverty is the same freedom in freedom to fail.

The system as designed in the 1700s was not intended to provide a safety net, merely reward hard work.

Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Hancock could not have imagined the World of today any more than a goldfish on acid could comprehend Disneyland.

Comment: Re:The Economist (Score 2) 234

by rmdingler (#46774943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?
Yes indeed. Our resident mouse-deterrent system will not use the litter box exclusively unless it is laid upon a bed of newspaper. Lacking that, it's about 50/50 whether she'll go in my shower or the preferred location.

I'm certain there's a rhyme and reason for this behavior, but I find myself unable, as a mere alpha primate, to understand her great feline intellect.

In an attempt to bring her into the electronic age, I placed some transcripts from Reddit beneath and around her beloved evacuation site. It kept her out of my shower, but her aim began to suffer, and more of her scat hit the paper than the litter.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 724

One person tried to intimidate me once. He told me to see him outside school and wait for him. I told him I won't do that. If he wants to fight he must wait for me. The only reason I would say that, HE thought, was that I was sure to beat his ass. He appologized the next day. My reasoning was different: I was not willing to wait to get a beating.

I had a similar experience in school. In hindsight, it was the stressful equivalent of my mother saying, Wait until your father gets home! Waiting all day for an after school fight is a textbook case of "the dreading is worse than the doing".

The final result was that everybody had repect for me. It was scary. Think The Wave. I seriously hope that I never abused that power. It was very hard for me to see the difference between respect, fear and blind adoration. The last one is the most horid one. Having people following you without asking any questions and without thinking is extremely frightening. Having nobody to talk to concerning at a young age was terrible. How do you explain that you are afraid because people respect and like you?

It bothered you because you are a good and decent person, worried about the consequences of your influence on others. There is no shame in that. The unfortunate reality is that many in your position would've happily abused this power over others. History is filled with them.

Sorry for ranting. It is the first time I put this fear into words after 30+ years.

No worries... ranting is what we do here on the Green Line Site.

There is an American film called Alpha Dog based on a true story that you might find interesting.

Comment: Re:All joking aside (Score 1) 724

Exactly, but we are progressing some as a society on this issue.

Current movements to limit it are in place, seemingly prompted by several high profile suicides-by-bullying via social networking.

Growing up in the 70's and 80's, there were fewer publicized concerns regarding intimidation by the older, bigger, or meaner.

We learned young that getting pushed around sucked, but getting pushed around and labeled a rat or tattletale was worse.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 5, Insightful) 724

Here's the thing: Everyone has been bullied at some point in their life. Not all children are prone to it, but there is always a bigger kid prone to intimidation tactics when growing up.

Kids live by the law of the playground jungle when adult supervision and rules are absent from the equation. It is ingrained into us as some form of social stepping stone, the animal in each of us at work, attempting dominance and security for an insecure bully.

There is a time honored civil process in which we attempt to retrain our young into civilized little pricks. Picking on the weak is wrong, and you don't get to take advantage of a fellow human because you're physically or mentally able to do so.

Everyone is small and helpless early, and many are old and helpless late in life. These rules benefit us all, and what happened here sends precisely the wrong message.

Comment: Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (Score 1) 336

by rmdingler (#46763059) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

"I'm into the leather scene."

Leather makes a fine recliner, but in the hot months your napping face still sticks to it.

"San Francisco used to be our Mecca. You know how Las Vegas is Disneyland for adults (tm) or something like that? Well, San Francisco is Disney Land for gay men. Or was."

Best quote ever was Like Disneyland on acid.

"Quite frankly, it's gotten too fucking creepy for me -- And I have no problem getting fisted by a midget while a tranny shits on my chest! I have friends that put the goatse man to shame. San Fransisco is just fucked up."

Fucking creepy is in the eye of the beholder, but no brainer, I too would choose a midget fist if fisting were eminent... but maybe, and I mean just barely maybe, you should stop experimenting with the recommended dosage of those vitamins they've prescribed.

Comment: Re:Congratulations are in order. (Score 1) 78

What have you done to make it more painful? Do you even vote? How about writing some letters? Or giving money to a candidate?

That is, of course, the wrong way to look at apathy. Voter/citizen apathy is like a gay man... how could you rationally hate him when he's making your priorities statistically more likely to occur?

Comment: Re:Congratulations are in order. (Score 1) 78

It's all in the tone of the language, my brother. Sure, if people are a cog in the machine there will be bias.

But when you call out a lack of equal opportunity bastards in reference to a liberal whistle-blower, you sort of tip your hand.

Now you wouldn't want these liberal rat bastards (and don't kid yourself a rat bastard is an order of bastard more than mean) to suspect your intelligent reply is ridden with partisan nonsense.

You may stay true to your roots and remain cognizant that the problems with this Republic are on both sides of the aisle.

Comment: Re:Breaking News (Score 2) 80

by rmdingler (#46755739) Attached to: Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan
It seems human managers would, by and large, prefer to dominate and belittle human counterparts. The response stimuli is stronger.

As an aside, this seems to come right on the heels of the latest massive recall at Toyota, an auto manufacturer previously known for quality manufacturing.

Perhaps they're on to something. A skilled human can still make leaps of imagination beyond what a machine is presently capable of.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin

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