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Comment Re:Are you trying to tell me... (Score 2) 164

Or maybe it's because they've covered it already, and realize it's all extrapolation and speculation.

No, Christians do not believe Islam started with Ishmael. Christian theologians are familiar with Islam's claim on Ishmael, but realize that the religion was created by Muhammad ibn Abdullah out of tribal legends and what he learned second-hand from Jews and Gnostics.

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CXVI

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not

Comment Re: I took the bus once (Score 1) 588

So you weigh yourself after taking a dump to see how much your duke weighs, or what?

Protip: these items can be completed the night before:
- Weigh myself
- Take a shower (tough one, I know)
- Making lunch
- Taking out trash (I don't know ANY place that doesn't let you put your trash out the night before as long as it's after dark)

Comment Re:CPS may kidnap your child (Score 1) 588

This is a crisis the schools create on their own. There is a limit the school board determines is safe for kids to walk/ride on their own. Let's call that distance "x". Above a certain distance from the school, buses MUST be provided. Let's call that distance "y". If y!=x, then the school district should be held liable for child endangerment. Cutting bus service and making parents drop off their kids is unacceptable. And I can't rule it out... I'm sure there's some district somewhere right now that's getting away with it because people are lazy and selfish, and you can't expect government to police itself. But anecdotally, 100% of the people I know who "have to" drop off their kids really just "want" to do it because they're afraid.
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Cool. Haven't seen any of those in five or seven years. I suppose that means I have to go by the front page, though...

Submission + - SPAM: Court Rules Against Politician Who Banned Access to Her Facebook Page

schwit1 writes: A federal court in Virginia ruled that a local politician violated the free-speech rights of a constituent she banned from her Facebook page, in a case the judge said raises “important questions” about the constitutional restrictions that apply to social media accounts of elected officials.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge James Cacheris in Alexandria, Va., could buttress a lawsuit in New York alleging that President Donald Trump unconstitutionally suppressed dissent by blocking Twitter users from following his account.

President Trump’s frequent use of Twitter has added urgency to First Amendment questions revolving around the use of social media by public officials.

In the Virginia case, Brian Davison sued the chairwoman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, who temporarily banned him from her Facebook page after he posted criticism of local officials last year.

Judge Cacheris, finding that Phyllis Randall was acting as a public official on her Facebook page, said Ms. Randall committed “a cardinal sin under the First Amendment.”

“The suppression of critical commentary regarding elected officials is the quintessential form of viewpoint discrimination against which the First Amendment guards,” Judge Cacheris wrote in his 44-page ruling on Tuesday.

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Comment In the same boat. Take ownership of the accounts. (Score 1) 565

My wife and I were both very early Gmail users (our lastname@gmail.com) and we both get a ton of accounts signup email this way. First, reset the passwords, and then go to lengths to lock them out of their own accounts. As the final blow, once you've modified all detail about their account, just change the account email address to something else entirely. The last step is to fend-off any recovery attempt. Even if they gave any details to customer service by phone (supposedly), by the time they do their old account has zero identifiable data that they can latch on to recover it.

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