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Comment Re:To avoid this.. (Score -1, Troll) 396

Actually, the problem is that "being gay" is really a choice, but only a few ultra-honest gays will actually admit that.

Whether that choice is something that society wants to promote and give benefits to (e.g. preferential treatment, tax benefits, etc) is a matter of serious debate in the US and in Europe, not so much in other countries around the world (for instance, go to a Muslim country and you're likely to be thrown in jail just for discussing it in public).

Pro-homosexuality advocates want to claim it's not a choice. They want to claim it's "inherent" because if it is, then they can claim to be a "protected class." If it's a choice, then they don't get to be a protected class any more than someone who makes bad lifestyle choices and becomes obese.

Since it is a choice, there are a large number of parents that don't want their kids recruited to. They don't want their kids told at school "this is an acceptable choice" any more than they'd be okay with their kids being told that being a drug user is an acceptable choice, or being a homeless drunk bum is an "acceptable lifestyle choice", or any other of a thousand things that are "lifestyle choices" that are not very good and not something the majority of society wants to see promoted. And these people have as much right as any other Amazon user to complain when they see what they view as inappropriate material being promoted.

Do I think Amazon was responding to genuine complaints about these books coming up in unrelated searches? Definitely. Do I then think that the usual pro-homosexuality groups pitched a fit and tried to raise a stink? Absolutely. Do I think Amazon was caught in the middle of a crappy culture-war style situation? That's an easy bet to take.

Ask yourself a simple question: if homosexuality were not a choice, why are the two most common insults directed at anyone who is against public promotion of homosexuality "well you must be in the closet" and "you must be afraid you'll try it and like it"? The mask slips just a tad too often, showing that the "it's not a choice" propaganda is pure lies.

Comment Re:Staples and Noonan? (Score 1) 92

Additional: Regarding the Massachusetts case

It appears that the case is not about the "Libel" of the email itself, but the fact that Staples chose (in violation of Staples' own privacy agreements, not to mention plenty of legal precedence on things like negative employment references that are the reason most companies will only give "Name, Position, Term of Service" reference these days) to not just fire the employee, but theoretically subject them to public ridicule by the manner of the firing.

And NY does have a law on the books about this sort of thing, no doubt a result of someone(s) prior to 1902 (the date of the law being on the books) having done nasty enough things to an employee(s) that the NY legislature found it necessary to amend their law to protect employees from that sort of conduct in the future.

Comment Re:Staples and Noonan? (Score 1) 92

I think someone is confusing the ability to file a lawsuit with what is considered a defense.

Though this is a basic problem of the US legal system - big corporations (MafiAA) routinely get away with lawyer-hammering someone with illegitimate lawsuits that they never should win, merely because the defendant can't afford all the court/lawyer fees necessary to defend themselves.

Comment Re:H1B's leaving (Score 4, Informative) 770

Reverse is also true: a large number of US workers are consistently being looked over for being "overqualified" after being dumped onto the market in favor of more and more H1-B's the past few years.

Consider the following: if you are married, if you have more than 5 years experience, you are more likely to (a) be fired and (b) be passed over for a "new grad" or H1-B.

Why? Benefits and pay grade. H1-B's at companies like Microsoft have been the latest in a series of BELL-like maneuvers (look up Continental Can Co. and the "Bell Plan" if you want to understand how insidious this kind of behavior is) by major US firms.

Up until they started announcing layoffs, Microsoft was pushing for more and more H1-B's. It's not that there weren't very qualified US workers applying for those jobs, but that they didn't want to pay the market wage for people with real experience when they could pay the H1-B's less AND get away with forcing the H1-B's to work 80-90 hour weeks because they wouldn't have family back home to complain about it.

Comment Re:Not consistent? (Score 1, Troll) 823

What's the point of being consistent with a flawed methodology?

Al Gore. James Hansen. And all the other Climate Frauds who insist that (a) the sky is falling and (b) "man-made global climate change" is something we need to pay them a bunch of money to do nothing about.

Remember: Al Gore's supposed "carbon neutral businesses" are that way because he's in the business of selling so-called "carbon credits." Absent the "sky is falling" hype, as paraded by his faux documentary the Inconvenient Lie (which was actually LESS scientifically accurate than the movie The Day After Tomorrow, and we all know how accurate that was), nobody would pay money to Gore's little scam.

Using the new data would expose the fraud, which would screw the agenda of the kooks trying to use "global climate change" to scare us into paying them scam money and doing things that aren't necessary.

Comment Re:awww poor casinos (Score 0, Flamebait) 462


- Bullshit, it was plain sharpie ink (you can tell by the smell). Shit takes forever to get out of your skin. There is nothing "super secret" about it. And they were using it for plenty of stamp varieties.

Second, this is not a "my friend had this happen" story. I was FUCKING THERE, you shithead.

Tell me, what's your job in the casino?

Comment Re:awww poor casinos (Score 0, Troll) 462

Have seen it happen, actually - we were on a vacation in Vegas and a friend of mine won 10 straight hands in a row at blackjack. He wasn't "card counting", he's not that smart - he was just lucky enough to be dealt 19+ every hand (he got three facecard+ace combos, the "upside" of the multi-deck shoe), and the dealer was getting to 17 and staying.

The pit bosses came down to the table with two bouncers, took his chips, dragged him to the office, "asked him questions" for an hour while the rest of us were wondering what to do and if we should call the cops. Then they pushed him out, marched him over, made him cash out his chips, and forced him to accept a "banned from blackjack" stamp on his hand before they'd let him go back to his room. Took a whole week and five good scrubbings with shop soap (the orange pumice stuff) for that mark to go away, his boss looked at him REALLY funny the first day back after vacation before hearing the story.

Comment If I had mod points I'd mod this up (Score 0, Troll) 462

Really, wow - Casinos do cheat. The info on what they do (like stacking 10 decks to the 'shoe', rigging up the odds on the slot machines and dice games, etc) is available all over the net.

Gotta wonder, how many casino employees did it take logging in to find the mod points to call an honest and insightful post "flamebait"?

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