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Comment Re:optimistic (Score 1) 263

It didn't say that security guards were paid $25-$35/hour. It said that they cost that much. This can include a lot of costs apart from pay. FICA, benefits, paying the staffing company (as most security guards come from a staffing company and not hired directly by companies), cost of background checks, liability insurance (probably pretty high when the security guard is armed), bonding, workman's comp insurance costs, uniforms and laundering, firearm certification & training, etc., etc. You can kiss most of those costs goodbye with a robot.

Comment This will hurt the poor the most. (Score 1) 621

As always, this crap will hurt those who can least afford it the most. Prepaid cards are often, if not usually used by people who cannot afford to put their money in a bank. Banks charge fees that the poor cannot afford and the poor often have debts and a creditor will seize funds if they're in a bank. I know someone who gets her alimony in the form of prepaid cards because she can't risk putting it in the bank and without her meager alimony she'd be homeless. Where did my country go?

Submission + - Man spanks himself to death

phrackthat writes: Clifford Ray Jones of Detroit died in a Darwin Award worthy fashion. In the ultimate case of distracted driving, he was spanking it to porn on his phone while negotiating a turn on a ramp and rolled his 1996 Toyota. He was partially ejected from his car's sunroof because he wasn't wearing a seat belt. He also wasn't wearing any pants. He died at the scene. Nothing in the story about whether the car was stick(y) shift or automatic. Additional details here.

Comment Trump missed his true calling (Score 1) 875

He should have been a story writer for the Onion. Seriously, this guy is like a walking-talking Mad Lib generator. Some of the weirdest shit comes out of his mouth. Someone should whip together a Trump headline generator that puts out the most over-the-top senseless crap and and auto-post the results to free press release sites. The general press is bound to be fooled by a few of them (Hell, Trump may even adopt a few for himself as campaign positions).

Comment Re:Money isn't enough (Score 2, Insightful) 818

The police don't have to prove that anyone thought it was a bomb. They only have to show that there was probable cause to believe that Ahmed intended for the device to be perceived as a bomb. Given that his sister had been suspended for threatening to blow up the school and Ahmed had been suspended just two days prior at another school and the fact that the clock was not his design and clearly not intended to function as a clock (as the housing, which looked like a briefcase, would keep one from reading the clock face), they should have little to no problem to show probable cause (which under the law is not 51% probability, just a substantial possibility).

Comment Good luck collecting $15 million (Score 1) 818

I don't believe the demand is made in earnest. No one, particularly the law firm representing him, believes that the demand has even a remote relationship to the damages (if any) he may have been perceived to have suffered. It's a publicity stunt - it provides free publicity to a small Texas law firm who may be angling to acquire more Muslim clients and it's a few more minutes of notoriety for Amhed's family (who will probably start another online fundraising efforts to fund the lawsuit).

This kid was sheltered from scrutiny by his family and his parents refused to permit the school to tell its side of the story. Now, the school and the police will be able to get their sides of the story on the record. Plus, I don't think little Ahmed would hold up well in a lengthy deposition or cross-examination by a competent lawyer.

If the school doesn't pay something in "hush money" then the family will eventually dismiss the suit to "spare Ahmed from being re-victimized." Can anyone imagine getting jurors to agree that this wasn't a hoax?

Comment Good luck getting $15 million (Score 1) 2

I don't believe the demand is made in earnest. No rational person, particularly the law firm representing him, believes that the demand has even a remote relationship to the damages (if any) he may have been perceived to have suffered. It's a publicity stunt - it provides free publicity to a small Texas law firm who may be angling to acquire more clients and it's a few more minutes of notoriety for Amhed's family (who will probably start another online fundraising effort to fund the lawsuit).

This kid was sheltered from scrutiny by his family and his parents refused to permit the school to tell its side of the story. Now, the school and the police will be able to get their sides of the story on the record. Plus, I don't think little Ahmed would hold up well in a lengthy deposition or cross-examination by a competent lawyer.

If the school and city doesn't pay something in "hush money" then the family will eventually dismiss the suit to "spare Ahmed from being re-victimized." Can anyone imagine getting jurors to agree that this wasn't a hoax?

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