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Comment Re:Total Lack of Self-Responsibility (Score 1) 509

The McDonalds Hot Coffee lady wasn't just being dumb, she suffered third-degree burns in her pelvic region when she accidentally spilled hot coffee in her lap and was hospitalized for eight days while she underwent skin grafting, followed by two years of medical treatment.

McDonalds had previously received numerous complaints from people that the coffee was being served at excessively hot temperatures and chose to ignore that advice. They consistently served coffee at higher than recommended temperatures and temperatures that were higher than were the industry norm.

While this case is frequently cited as an example of frivolous litigation it was anything but. The plaintiff went to court only asking for her medical costs to be covered, it was the jury who decided on the large punitive damages.

Comment Re:Nanny State (Score 1) 509

Mentally ill and developmentally retarded (in the literal sense) can have diminished capacity, much like a minor.

Unfortunately that doesn't help us with the case in question as the guy has been certified as suffering from a mental illness (PTSD).

Comment Re:Personal Responsibility (Score 2) 509

Oh, because it's got naked women in it! Look, I like naked women! I'm a bloke! I'm supposed to like them! We're born like that. We like naked women as soon as we're pulled out of one. Halfway down the birth canal we're already enjoying the view. Look, it's the four pillars of the male heterosexual psyche. We like: naked women, stockings, lesbians, and Sean Connery best as James Bond. Because that is what being a bloke is. And if you don't like it, darling, join a film collective. I want to spend the rest of my life with the woman at the end of the table here. But that does not stop me wanting to see several thousand more naked bottoms before I die. Because that's what being a bloke is. When Man invented fire, he didn't say "Hey, let's cook!" He said: "Great! Now we can see naked bottoms in the dark!" As soon as Caxton invented the printing press we were using it to make pictures of - hey! - naked bottoms. We've turned the Internet into an enormous international database of... naked bottoms. So, you see, the story of male achievement through the ages, feeble though it may have been, has been the story of our struggle to get a better look at your bottoms. Frankly, girls, I'm not so sure how insulted you really ought to be.

Steve - Coupling

Comment Re:Personal Responsibility (Score 1) 509

You have to wonder why he doesn't suffer from loss of bone density, given he was raised since a small child within earth's gravity. Surely Krypton's gravity is irrelevant as he doesn't live there most of the time, he would have adapted to Earth's gravitational forces before he could walk.

Comment Re:The photos should include the driver (Score 1) 165

In Australia the way it largely works is the infringement is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle (assuming the driver hasn't been pulled over and handed the notice in person.), and if they were not driving at the time they can lodge a statutory declaration nominating another driver.

Rental companies get hit with this quite a bit.

Some infringements, such as speeding, can also cost you points from your licence, whereas other infringements like parking don't.

Comment Re:Only usable in some jurisdictions (Score 1) 186

I know this was probably posted sarcastically, but it's a difficult path to walk. On one side you have rape-culture feminists saying "don't tell me how to dress, teach your sons not to rape" and on the other side you have the police and others trying to give advice on risk minimisation such as "don't dress like a slut".

I think the answer is somewhere in between.

A friend of mine recently blogged how she trained in martial arts, dresses conservatively if out at night and engages in other risk minimisation behaviours, but worries that while it makes her safer, it potentially just means the hypothetical attacker, if out on the prowl, may simply go for another, 'tastier' snack. She feels guilty that while she may be safer, she has made someone else less safe by comparison.

We definitely need to teach our children that 'no means no' and that they don't have the right to force themselves on an unwilling partner. But while that message is sinking in, we need to teach them to consider the risks in how they behave.

Children and adolescents are especially at risk because they still haven't formed the ability to assess risk and make judgements as to their own safety. In some ways it's easier to protect very young children than it is to protect teens, who will be trying to prove their own individuality while feeling immortal.

TL:DR it's complex and something we really should treat as a joke.

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