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Comment Re:Important to note (Score 1) 425

Think of literally *any* activity, object or substance, and you can find a person who has serious addiction issues with it. Usually it has more to do with the personality type than the subject of their addiction.

That's a fair description of "addiction," like "gambling addiction," "sex addiction," or "shopping addiction." It's not a good description of clinical addiction, like heroin, where users experience physical pain and nausea. Get a headache if you don't get your morning coffee? Withdrawal. Actual addiction is very different from intense cravings.

A willful person can control his cravings, and he can 'power through' those withdrawal symptoms, but psychologists and media have done a terrible disservice by using the same word for internet addiction as for benzodiazepine addiction.

Comment Re:Works for me (Score 1) 137

There literally is NO WAY to obtain a price match and EVERYONE involved knows this.

But everyone doesn't know this. There are lots of people who think the 60" Samsung TV being sold by BestBuy is the same 60" Samsung TV being sold by Walmart, and if their favorite store claims to match prices, then there's no reason to go check other prices.

I remember a jewelry chain in San Diego that had a "chapter 7 liquidation" sale running for the entire five years I lived there. There's a carpet store around the corner from me now whose "SALE" signs have been in the window long enough to bleach red to orange.

The shit is always on sale. It has to be: consumers refuse to pay full price.

Comment Re:Time for a game of russian roulette ^ 2 (Score 1) 151

Did he seriously think he could get away with selling fake bomb detectors?

Considering that, outside of certain specific geographical regions, the actual incidence of bombs is vanishingly small: yes, I expect he did seriously think he could get away with selling fake bomb detectors. Same as you can get away with selling cootie detectors, unicorn detectors, or homeopathic medicine.

His mistake was trying to expand into a market where bombs actually do exist. And not skipping town immediately after. That's really the most important part of a good scam: recognizing when the gig is blown and vanishing before the police show up.

Comment Re:Out Of Context (Score 1) 593

I came here to see how many people would be flipping their shit over the idea. I watched the video, and to my disappointment discovered that Trump didn't suggest anything about said Moslim Database

The reporter was trying to get him to state opposition to a national database of religious affiliation, and he wouldn't. Nor has his camp done anything to clarify the exchange. If he does oppose religious cataloging, or has a more nuanced position, he's clearly happy for the xenophobes among his supporters to believe his administration would have a "system" for everyone who's ever visited a mosque. It's like when he says of Rand Paul, "I never attacked him on looks, and believe me, there is plenty of subject matter there." Technically, he has still not said anything negative about Paul's appearance, but we all get the message.

Comment Re:Bodes Really Well for a Fair Trial (Score 2) 486

By any measure a 'fair trial' would certainly give him life in prison or the death penalty for treason

Curiously, parts of the US justice system retain the discretion for sentences to fit the severity of the crime. The high-profile cases of espionage (not treason), Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, secretly delivered information to the Soviet Union, not quite a declared enemy of the time. The US government did not know about these disclosures and could not counter them. They directly resulted in the deaths of US agents. That's about the worst way to do information disclosure, and those dudes are both still alive, though neither is ever likely to see the outside of prison walls.

Pollard, who secretly disclosed information to Israel, one of the closest allies the US has, shocked the public back in the 80s by the unprecedented severity of his sentence: a single life term (from which he was paroled yesterday). A Senate Intelligence staffer claims that passing information to an ally, without intent to harm America normally carries a sentence of 2-4 years.

Comment Re:Open to abuse, by design (Score 1) 399

So, the question is: why are the universities imposing a paralegal system when we have an adequately functional one? Disciplinary committees are NOT intended to deal with criminal activities, particularly activities that they don't have the capacity to assess.

Colleges are unique environments: many of them consider themselves to be essentially reality-with-training-wheels. Places where students can experience their independence with relatively low consequences for mistakes. Their disciplinary systems are set up around righting wrongs where everyone is willing to give the perpetrator another chance. As you say, they are explicitly not for dealing with criminal behavior.

In cases of sexual assault, it is the victim's prerogative whether to pursue criminal proceedings or 'collegeal' discipline. Considering that we are often talking about sexual encounters involving alcohol or drugs, involving people without much experience communicating or much understanding of their own social boundaries, these cases seem like they could often be reconciled without the criminal justice system.

The data escrow TFA describes seems like it would be a useful system for helping to understand whether a particular incident is an honest misunderstanding of intention or part of a predatory pattern.

Comment Re:"nonconsensual sex or touching" (Score 1) 399

"real sex" that they wanted no part of, either before, during or after

What? If they fuckin' fucked and then regretted it later, so fucking what? That's the way this shit goes, bitch. Now suck it down or I'll make you suck mine down.

You seem to be a non-native speaker of English, so let me explain one of our idiomatic phrases. "Before, during or after" is an emphatic way of saying "at any time." So, the proper interpretation of "sex that they wanted no part of, either before, during or after," is "sex that they wanted no part of, period" or "sex that they wanted no part of, ever."

Comment Re:Umm... no. You are misrepresenting the issue. (Score 1) 399

The way question is defined, both giving and receiving oral sex constitutes penetration.

To be fair, sex does generally involve two parties, both of whom are generally said to have "had sex" afterwards. If only one of those parties was willing, then the other has had non-consensual sex. It shouldn't matter whether the unwilling partner is the one with saliva all over their genitals or the one with the taste of genitalia in their mouth: an unwilling participant is unwilling.

The numbers won't add up if there are individuals who were victim of more than one subcategory.

Comment Re:Will Any Effort Be Made To Validate The Report? (Score 0) 399

There's no police here: this is about confidential, university investigations

So the criminal behavior of RAPE is swept under the rug?

No. Regardless of what happens within the university, the victim is always free to press criminal charges. History indicates that they often prefer not to, even in cases of violent rape, at least in part because the criminal justice system has been even more biased against women than the university disciplinary system.

University disciplinary actions are intended for less egregious bad behavior, and the whole discussion here seems to be missing that point. Intramural discipline is for correcting poor behavior within the community. It's a halfway step between being grounded by their parents and being sent to prison.

Or false accusations are sufficient to run someone off campus under a cloud of suspicion?

There's still a process and still a hearing. The accusations are evaluated by (supposedly) impartial, rational people, so no: false accusations are not sufficient to run someone off campus.

Comment Re:"nonconsensual sex or touching" (Score 5, Informative) 399

That means that the average rapist has raped 5 times. I *hope* that is waaaay to high.

It's not. The vast majority of men don't do non-consensual sex, meaning that non-consensual sex is practiced by a small minority of men.

One argument is that they don't even know. That our dating language and culture are so strongly based on conquest, that (some) men may have trouble distinguishing between pretend resistance as sexual play and real resistance to unwanted contact. If the victim is afraid, embarrassed, or discouraged from making an accusation, then the perpetrator is taught that all those "No!" "Stop!" "Get out!" cries were just play.

It's clear there are people exaggerating the claims or severity of sexual violence, but it's also clear that many women have participated in "real sex" that they wanted no part of, either before, during or after. That latter number is hard to pin down, but does consistently seem to be somewhere in the 10-20% range. We have to stop that.

Comment Re:Will Any Effort Be Made To Validate The Report? (Score 1) 399

That's the only problem I have with it, as long as police/judges treat the earlier reports with enough suspicion I don't have a problem with it.

There's no police here: this is about confidential, university investigations. One hopes that those investigators would actually contact those prior accusers as part of the investigation, but there are no formal rules of evidence for such panels, as there are for criminal investigations.

Of course, the penalties they can impose are also much less severe. There's no jail time. There's no public disclosure. The worst that can happen is expulsion, and the university will not report the reason for expulsion - beyond academic or conduct. Nor will the university disclose any records at all without the student's (ie, the sanctioned) approval.

Comment Re:Open to abuse, by design (Score 1) 399

Notice how "evidence" and "courts" aren't words used anywhere in this.

That's because universities are not the criminal justice system. If a victim wants to file criminal charges, that's a completely separate process, independent of whatever the university does. The university data may be subpoenaed, and an online database is almost certainly not protected by patient-counselor privilege, but the court would need to validate that data for trial.

This is about university disciplinary hearings, which have the historical perception of bias against the woman. ie "she was asking for it," "she only changed her mind afterward," or "keep this quiet because it would hurt the university." There's perception, at least on the part of women, that this bias is facilitated by most of the faculty being men, thus identifying with the alleged perpetrator, and by the secretive nature of the hearings, thus making it hard to find patterns of repeated behavior. Those university-internal investigations are serious, even if not criminal, and a disciplinary panel that accepts a bunch of blog posts without following up to verify is dangerously incompetent. University disciplinary findings are protected student information, beyond the outcome, so other schools or potential employers won't know whether the expulsion is for sexual assault or for pissing in the dean's lunchbox.

Sure, people could conspire to use this tool to make false accusations, but conspirators so set on disrupting a boy's life don't need a tool. This is not "Click a button to expel Johnny Boogerhead." This is a way to collect names of people who might corroborate an open accuser's claims.

Comment Re:what good will this do ? (Score 3, Insightful) 318

Yea, people who have time to dick around and read Twitter are not the kind of people who are willing to blow themselves up unless it's due to shear boredom.

Bored, idealistic, rich kids have been part of most major revolutions or asymmetric conflicts. "Useful idiots" maybe. Philosophers. Basically, kids angry with the world, looking for ways to improve the plight of some oppressed group. People who can be convinced of a noble sacrifice, however misguided.

I doubt very much that suicide bombers are sitting in their hovels, just waiting for someone to suggest the vest and the 72 virgins. They're cultivated over years. Slowly. Twitter and social media are extremely efficient tools to make first contact with many, many people.

Comment Re:Rage (Score 1) 350

If I'm stuck behind one and it's going well below the speed limit, I'm going to HATE it and everyone that owns one.

This "car" is a fancy golf cart. There are lots of little communities (at least in my area) built around golf carts - keeps cars off the streets, lets kids drive themselves to soccer practice, etc. Every once in a while, one of those golf carts will leak out onto one of the real roads surrounding the community. They annoy everyone stuck behind them, but they're usually only going a block or so and they'll often drive in a bike lane, if available.

Google would do well to have its self-driving golf carts follow similar etiquette.

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