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Comment Re:Maybe in a different country (Score 1) 498

I have always wondered about that. So someone who finds their life unbearable is pressured not to end it because it may cause grief to other persons. If a child has stopped wanting to live, chances are the people who are close to them may have something to do with that. Yet still their feelings are so much more important than those of the suicidal child.

That may explain the victim blaming in mobbing cases. It would hurt the bullies, but the victim's existence is already screwed, so who cares if he/she gets an extra kick or two in the head.

Comment Re:Just Require an IQ Test (Score 2) 673

Flu is known to mutate very often. That is why the vaccination is redone each year. There are also multiple strains of flue active at any one time. Flu vaccinations protect only against the most common strains, which is due to technical limitations of the vaccine breeding process.
As a rule of thumb, with a flu shot you are immune to 80% of the current flu viruses going around. This number may change if a previously unimportant strain mutates to be more virulent.
I remember a few year ago a Slashdot article on a new vaccine effective against all flu viruses that does relies on a property of the virus that does not mutate at such a high rate. (If it does mutate, the resulting virus is ineffective anyway.)
Science, bitches. It just works.

Comment Re:haven't watched it... (Score 1) 391

I just watched it. I assume they put him on a lot on tranqs, to be that calm. They most likely threatened him with something a lot worse if he didn't play his part.
Judging from the pauses between his sentences, I am also reasonably sure he used a prompter of some kind instead of learning the speech by heart.
Poor sod.

Comment Re:So while all of this was happening (Score 1) 798

You got 2 & 3 wrong: Bullies will see that authority punishes victim, learn that their behaviour must be right and the victim is actually the guilty party, whatever they do. Bullying will actually spread as other people join in on this clearly positive activity.

And yes - even if the victim is physically injured in fron of authority with the injuring party loudly declaring they did it on purpose - the victim will be laughed at and then punished by authority for being injured.

Humans are social pack animals and creating a pariah and treating him/her properly is part of pack behaviour. Suck it up.

What I have always found odd is that while it is perfectly acceptable and even praiseworthy to make someone wish they were not existent, it is very reprehensible and egoistic for that person to actually terminate their existence. I've asked for explanation but the only one I got is that it makes the bullies feel bad.

Comment Re:Since when has Shakespeare been boring??? (Score 1) 338

Try Ben Jonson instead. You'll lever look back.

Discussions like this always make me remember my last English teacher at school. It's only literature if there is a four letter word in each sentence. He apologized to us for making us read A midsummer night's dream. When some of us went to see Volpone on a class trip, he announced it as some play by a guy like Shakespeare. I've always wondered what would happen if he actually read something by Poe - his head would probably explode.

Comment Re:Thanks, Venezuela! (Score 1) 380

The German president is a he not a she. Joachim Gauck

Perhaps you are talking about the German chancellor, Angela Merkel?

Their pasts differ somewhat with Ms. Merkel having started her career as FDJ secretary for Agitation and Propaganda, while Mr. Gauck was basically lying low until the East German government was down when he suddenly and retroactively turned into an ardent supporter of freedom.

An easy mistake to make though, as they are both spineless hypocrites profiting from other people's work.

Comment Can it prevent PEBTAF errors? (Score 1) 192

Problem Exists Between Thermostat and Floor?

Like my darling bf who turn the heating on full and then keeps the door to the balcony open because "He needs fresh air" but "He does not want to sleep in the cold"?

Who got to use our old fridge with the broken door to keep his beer in, turned down to minimum because the door was nowhere near tight. Instead of keeping the stock there and moving what he needs to our new low-energy fridge he turned it on full tilt and I did not notice because I do not use the beer fridge.

Right now he has poured the old marmalade from the fridge through the kitchen drain and is whining because it's clogged again..."I did not do anything". I hope the mix of drain cleaner, hot water and vinegar he poured in afterwards doesn't eat through the drain. I'm not allowed to touch the mess and you should hear him if I drop so much as a small bread crumb in the drain.

In short - it's not always the women who refuse to learn how things work.

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