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Comment: Re:jessh (Score 1) 390

by orgelspieler (#48916683) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

There is a snowstorm and the officials leave the city running. Possible severe damage to infrastructure, possible death toll, cleanup is significantly more complicated and takes far longer. Officials are berated for their carelessness.

Funny how quickly people have forgotten the Atlanta "blizzard." That was less than a year ago! The mayor ignored warnings by NOAA and insisted on keeping the city running until it was far too late. That was only 3" of snow, but in a part of the country not accustomed to ever seeing any.

Comment: Re:This is fine in theory (Score 2) 124

by orgelspieler (#48916621) Attached to: Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble
It was my understanding that the Arago spot worked best with light of a single wavelength. Also, rather than the alignment of the surface area, it's the circularity that matters. And it's not the deviation from a circle WRT the wavelength, it's the deviation WRT to the circle itself. A larger circle can have a larger absolute roughness and still produce the Arago spot. I haven't studied optics in about 15 years, though, so maybe I'm wrong.

Comment: Re:yes. 1st amendment, though. Tesla, SpaceX (Score 1) 178

Those individuals must spend their own personal money and whatever form their message takes they must personally be present or at the very least attach their names to the message, and any donation must also be from their personal accounts and not the organizations.

Pretty trivial workaround: TWC and Comcast would just take the money that they save by not lobbying and pay it to their CxOs. Of course there won't be any express expectation that they use the money for political speech.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 660

by orgelspieler (#48915005) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
Thanks for that. I didn't know it was illegal in CA. I'll have to check with our branch out there, because I'm pretty sure they still random test.

Back to the Disney thing, I would think that the character actors would fall under a "think of the children" sort of thing. Can you imagine, "Mommy, why does Mickey smell funny like Uncle Jack?" The funny thing is, I'm actually in favor of companies (or governments, for that matter) requiring immunizations, allowing for medical exemptions.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 660

by orgelspieler (#48884501) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
Citation needed. Prove to me that recreation pot use on the weekend is somehow a "public safety" issue for the guy sweeping the floor at the Magic Kingdom. Now vaccinations, on the other hand, really are a public safety issue because the public is harmed by a lack of herd immunity. Just look at the current situation.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 660

by orgelspieler (#48884477) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

The entire guilty until proven innocent is for criminal and civil trials

Actually, it's only for criminal trials. Civil trials are decided on the basis of "the preponderance of evidence."

No, I'm pretty sure he had it right. These days you're guilty until proven innocent in both types of trials. Hell, you may not even see a courtroom, if your "crime" fits the narrative of the day. The press will make your life hell anyway. Terrorism, sexual assault, drugs.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 4, Interesting) 660

by orgelspieler (#48884439) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Nearly all companies worth working for have drug testing requirements. So it's not as easy as "you don't have to work for them." You effectively can't work for anybody in entire swaths of industry for doing something that is so harmless, several states have decided to legalize it. Do companies check to make sure you aren't violating other laws? Certainly. Do they make you prove your innocence on a quarterly basis? Of course not. That only happens with drug use.

Some employers even have you sign agreements not to drink in public, drive 5 mph under the speed limit, stay under a certain weight, or my personal favorite-- back in to all parking spots. Let's not forget some companies (e.g. church schools) still fire people for being gay. My employer doesn't allow me to post negative comments about my company on forums. Should this shit be legal?

Seems to me that if a person is doing their job well, that a company shouldn't have the right to fire them. I live in an "at will" state. We can fire somebody because the sky is cloudy, and they can't do anything about it. That seems pretty fucked up to me.

Comment: Re:His ties to the KKK? (Score 5, Insightful) 418

It's David fucking Duke. You can't be a politician from Louisiana and NOT know who he is. How do you go speak at a group and not do even a little bit of research on what they stand for? He may not be a neo-Nazi, but he's completely ignorant when it comes to political appearances. How does a guy like that make it to a leadership position in the Republican party?

Comment: Re:Bullshit, students DO have rights (Score 1) 322

SCOTUS: Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)
Holding: Students do not leave their rights at the schoolhouse door.
To protest the Vietnam War, Mary Beth Tinker and her brother wore black armbands to school. Fearing a disruption, the administration prohibited wearing such armbands. The Tinkers were removed from school when they failed to comply, but the Supreme Court ruled that their actions were protected by the First Amendment.

--And, by not hearing a case, said that 24/7 policies are over-broad:
Supreme Court Refuses to Hear '24/7' Policy Case:
The state Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving the Ramapo Indian Hills School Board’s appeal of a ruling that struck down a policy that would bar students from participating in sports and extracurricular activities for off-campus misconduct.

The Supreme Court’s denial of certification on Jan. 16 means that the earlier ruling, entered last year by the appellate court, is final. In that ruling, the appellate court found the district’s policy to be so “overbroad” that students could conceivably be disciplined for minor off-campus infractions such as littering.

The case arose when the parents of a high school senior brought a legal challenge to the so-called "24-7" policy, claiming it violated state regulations and provisions of the state constitution.

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.