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  • Black Friday Chicago: A Win for Obama and Rahm Emanuel

    11/27/2015 8:20:51 PM PST · 20 of 27
    ransomnote to This_far

    “You never asked your parents when “children’s day” was?”

    Man, I remember THAT conversation! hahahahah

  • How Math Was Taught in Schools in 1950 versus 2015

    11/27/2015 1:41:07 PM PST · 31 of 33
    ransomnote to UMCRevMom@aol.com

    Fabric stores in California often have, in my experience, the least eductated staff in retail.
    I presented a 50% off coupon to the clerk who had just cut sections of fabric for me. She didn’t recognize the coupon so naturally, she bellowed in a long shoreman’s voice “You can’t use that! That’s not good!” and to prove it to me - she passed the coupon over the scanner and my $48 purchase was reduced to $24. She pointed to the reduced amount and said “See, that’s not 50%!” I was staring at her involuntarily - not knowing what kind of response I might give.
    I pointed to the screen, “Well, uh....$24 is 50% of $48 dollars...” She interrupted me at earsplitting volume again, this time ennunciating each work for slow-witted me, “You. Can’t. Use. This.” and she ordered me to watch while she cleared the scanner again and re-scanned. Once again, the $48 value was reduced to $24 and she said, “See! It doesn’t work! YOU.CAN’T.USE.THIS.” I said quietly, “Well, then you’ll want to stop scanning the coupon because it reduces my purchase by 50% each time....’ She gave up trying to explain it to the troglodyte (me) and printed the ticket for me to take to the cashier with my fabric. I paid the cashier the $24 plus tax, as specified on my ticket, and left. Later I heard the clerks all hide bolds of fabric under the tables at the back of the store so they don’t have to shelve them at the end of the day. Wasn’t surprised.

    The ladies were all white, undereducated women with, apparently, small children at home and were otherwise unemployable.

  • Prayer request for my wife

    11/13/2015 7:08:42 PM PST · 27 of 93
    ransomnote to mkmensinger

    Prayers up for you and your wife!

  • Protesters Predict ‘Starvation’ If Food Stamp Recipients Have To Work

    11/11/2015 7:17:09 PM PST · 14 of 54
    ransomnote to uncitizen

    What if they’d rather work but Obama has worked hard to destroy the ability of businesses to hire workers? According to your reasoning, people unable to find work in the dying economy crafted by Obama should then starve to death -serve’s ‘em right, eh?

  • Prayer Request

    11/10/2015 8:21:14 PM PST · 43 of 138
    ransomnote to Huskrrrr

    Prayers up at lightening speed for Amanda and her little baby.

  • Prayer, & Thought Request

    10/31/2015 4:24:33 PM PDT · 73 of 109
    ransomnote to rikkir

    I am so sorry, and here in California, I lift up my prayers for you in your time of loss.

  • Fuku-zilla? Japan's TEPCO Discovers "Living Creature" Inside Nuclear Reactor

    10/24/2015 5:03:50 PM PDT · 39 of 75
    ransomnote to Norm Lenhart

    Never heard that Fuku was going to end life on a continent. What I heard as medical problems like those suffered by Chernobyl victims and thyroid cancer and nose bleeds, exhaustion etc. do exist in Fuku - residents are not allowed to talk about it publicly so they try to get the word out secretively. Give it a year, and it will have leaked out more. Is it likely you can keep people living, breathing, eating, drinking food water air containing radioactive waste and stay healthy? Uh, no. Scientists reported illnesses and deaths from Chernobyl and the radiation industry pretends that all just didn’t happen, didn’t exist, no one was harmed. So now Japan has had its chernobyl and once again, the same chorus is insisting it didn’t happen, didn’t hurt anyone.

    I’m sure everyone heard about the explosion of a trench containing “low level radioactive waste” about 100 miles from Las Vegas, right? Yesterday , news coverage included comments that residents were “flat out lied to” (told there was debris on a road, hence road closure when in fact it was radioactive debris ejected from a trench in an explosion Today - no mention of lying to residents - news stories nice and clean now! Of course.

  • Fuku-zilla? Japan's TEPCO Discovers "Living Creature" Inside Nuclear Reactor

    10/24/2015 4:52:13 PM PDT · 36 of 75
    ransomnote to AnotherUnixGeek

    Uhhhh....you haven’t been following Fukushima...I can tell. The Japanese gov made it illegal for physicians to treat patients from Fukushima “without authorization” and then they enacted laws making it illegal to “gossip” about Fukushima so the average citizen can’t share info. But citizens there do buy geiger counters and report medical issues as well as possible (back channels). So now, only trickles of information come out but the news is not good, in fact, it’s bad. Blacking out coverage and eliminating access to objective healthcare doesn’t mean Fushima is not harming people and has not harmed people.

  • Now we know why IT support hate Macs

    10/21/2015 8:43:34 AM PDT · 54 of 54
    ransomnote to Swordmaker

    Could be fun reading your post but you lecture like an angry school teacher. I guess I am not quite that emotional about platforms. I’ll read your post later - looks like there might be something interesting in there somewhere.
    I worked in publishing - our artists and DTP’s used Macs and the rest of the building used PC’s. They put on Mac’s for awhile but eventually moved us (non artists) back to PC’s because as a business -there was no advantage but there were limitations. That was true up until I left in 2009.
    Hey, I hope you have a relaxing day.

  • Now we know why IT support hate Macs

    10/20/2015 8:40:15 PM PDT · 52 of 54
    ransomnote to ReignOfError

    I assumed I can’t find comparable sofware in Mac land because it was still locked. So there must be some other reason they don’t have the software library that PC’s have. Possibly they came late to the game of open development. I don’t know - I won’t buy a Mac if I can’t run the software I need to run. I’ve used them - they are fun.

  • Now we know why IT support hate Macs

    10/20/2015 8:38:11 PM PDT · 51 of 54
    ransomnote to Swordmaker

    You said:
    That Security by Obscurity canard has been shot down so many times it is ridiculous. There have been Windows worms and viruses written to exploit computer populations with fewer than 20,000 vulnerable machines and they were ALL infected within 30 minutes of the virus/worm being released into the wild. In fact, in the past, one was written to exploit a vulnerable population of fewer than 125. If your Security by Obscurity claim were true, no one would have written those exploits.
    I say:
    This is cherry picking on your part. The first MAC I used in 1990 crashed constantly with a little bomb icon displayed saying “System Crashed. OK?” Now, you had no other choice but to click “OK” like it was just fine with me if I just lost my work. New to MACs, I didn’t realize it had a MACRO virus in it’s word processing software so I lost weeks of work and infected a branch office in New Jersey when I visited (and to think, they hated us because our group was from California. Think how i felt calling them and telling them their MACS now had the virus I brought on a disk.) You cite the examples of viruses written for less than 20,000 machines and then less for 125 machines. To little information to bolster your point. New operating system alreay infected? Then there’d be less than 20,000 live but the virus was written anticipating adoption (some buggy version of Windows is coming! Release the hounds!) by more computers. Small numbers of computers may reduce virus production (i.e., MACS) but if those few computers have high value information (Satellite) or are on the leading edge of the next technology, then yes - viruses are written in advance of wide exposure. Talking in terms of market - I haven’t heard that Ransomware was written for MACS but I could be wrong....
    You said:There are now over 100 million Macs in the wild, with 99% of them running completely bare naked of any anti-virus protection and yet there are STILL zero viable viruses/worms in the wild after 17 years of OS X actually being in the wild itself. Yet, no one has succeeded in writing a successful computer virus/worm for the OS X system.
    I say there may be 100 million Macs in the wild (how many are in 3rd world countries?)- how many of them are thought to house key information worth stealing? Business still = PC’s (Unless art or music). Who wants to steal money from “starving artists and musicians”? How about investment bankers (PC’s)? Now you’re talking.

    You say: There is a legitimate reason why Apple Macs are far more secure than Windows. In addition, there are only 58 known Trojans in eight families for the Mac, and every one of them is known to the OS which will warn the user if he or she tries to download, install, or run any of them and require and administrator’s name and password to continue with any of those steps. It takes INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH STUPID to continue and be infected on a Mac with any one of them.

    here are more than enough Macs in the wild to attract hackers and miscreants to hack into them, but they still have not. These data on user IT call center use is from LAST WEEK. . . and they are from a very reliable source, IBM, who is reporting on REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE, not from some fly-by-night Mac fanboy.
    I Say: If MACS gain enough market share and a reputation for housing high value information, the viruses will come.
    You say: The fact is, ransom note, that Macs can run far MORE software than any Windows computer can . . . because they are true UNIX™ computers capable of true multi-user multi-virtual machine environments. I have access to the entire libraries of everyone of those operating systems. I also have Virtual Machine instances available to me of THEOS, MS-DOS, Amiga-OS, the original Apple MacOS 9.2, and emulations of the C=64 and C=128, and Atari lines, which I can load in, should I have need of them. . . and access to all of their libraries of software.
    I say: “Can run” ? But they don’t. The software library is what I reference everytime I buy a PC and because Windows can’t limit software development to the extent that MAC can, more programmers write more software for more purposes, more competition etc. then MAC can feasible field. MAC has to license every piece of software it develops and when I go to look for a utility for MAC, if APple didn’t bless it, it doesn’t exist. With PC’s, I have access to more software actually written and sold or offered free. Apple’s theoretical advantage (i.e., your claim that Unix seals the deal) doesn’t mean anything to me if I can’t buy it or I have too few choices.
    I’m glad you like Macs - I don’t think that software produced anywhere by anyone is bullet proof. You’ve heard that there are hacks into aircraft, pacemakers, self driving vehicles but you’re certain that Macs are invulnerable because...well because, they are Macs.

  • Now we know why IT support hate Macs

    10/19/2015 8:30:43 PM PDT · 9 of 54
    ransomnote to Swordmaker

    Well-when I bought my first computer in 1987, I could choose between spending $6k (Mac) and $2K (PC) for similar functionality. Buying that PC meant I could choose from a wider array of software programs - MAC locked in licensing so if APPLE doesn’t approve of the program, you won’t be able to buy it. The elephant in the room - fewer MAC viruses because MACS are a smaller population. If tomorrow, MACS were everywhere and PC’s were a small portion - then MACS would have more IT support calls and businesses would have to pick from much smaller libraries of applications - sometimes not finding an equivalent in MAC land. I like MACs - it’s just that this article misrepresented reality.

  • My dad got diagnosed with COPD Stage 3 bordering to stage 4. (prayer request)

    10/17/2015 10:18:00 PM PDT · 48 of 77
    ransomnote to marthemaria

    Prayers up!

  • Southbridge teacher arraigned in sex photo case (Massachusetts)

    10/15/2015 8:12:53 PM PDT · 6 of 12
    ransomnote to ConservativeStatement

    Interesting that they listed his home address, right down to his apartment number.

  • Prayer Request for Redleghunter

    10/14/2015 8:52:07 PM PDT · 11 of 73
    ransomnote to Tired of Taxes

    Prayers up!

  • German parents outraged after schoolchildren asked to make beds, cook for refugees

    10/14/2015 10:58:06 AM PDT · 48 of 62
    ransomnote to simpson96

    Dhimmis must be trained to be good second class servants.

  • Star Wars Black Stormtrooper Actor Has a Message for Racist Fans of the Franchise

    10/14/2015 10:21:02 AM PDT · 59 of 166
    ransomnote to nickcarraway

    Way to fabricate a controversy to stir numbers going to the box office - make it seem like one has to see the movie to prove one isn’t racist. Man, way to kill my interest. OH, I’ll still see it but they sure are trying to take the fun out of it for me.

  • Your Unsocialized Hound Is Not A Service Dog!

    10/12/2015 8:05:55 PM PDT · 10 of 82
    ransomnote to Jet Jaguar

    I dunno. I read an article written by a veterinarian bragging that she passes her pit bull off as a service dog.

  • Cosby testifies for seven hours in abuse suit, lawyer says

    10/11/2015 2:27:52 PM PDT · 55 of 73
    ransomnote to Yaelle

    Thank you for writing what I was thinking.

    Just reading the sneers suggesting that these women “waited so long” means they are just in it for money is nauseating. Should these women have spoken up right away so the same people could accuse them of being in it for money years ago? The victims would have been younger and without a settled career so they would have been ripe for revictimization by those who would sneer that they were lying about a “great man” because they wanted his money. There is no point in time where victims of a famous serial rapist would be free of the accusation that they are lying for money. Even though it was too dangerous for his victims to accuse an icon individually, decades ago, there is a little more safety in numbers.

  • Weird Animal With 'Body of Buffalo and Head of Crocodile' Baffles Everyone

    10/11/2015 2:04:01 PM PDT · 49 of 60
    ransomnote to ponygirl

    Yes - that’s what it looks like to me. Badly burned cow that succumbed to it’s injuries.

  • Im a pedophile, youre the monsters: My week inside the vile right-wing hate machine

    10/03/2015 4:44:37 PM PDT · 74 of 108
    ransomnote to Petrosius

    What is being attempted here is to confuse the distinction between actions and attractions. It is attempt to bring sympathy to “innocent” people. Once this is done then the next stage is to legitimize the acts.

    Yes. I think deviants of all stripes are watching and noting “what works.” For example, a web page for sociopaths is agitating for sociopath’s rights, posting their denizens and innocent victims, whimpering that they shouldn’t be discriminated against, sneering that “empaths” (that’s normal people with empathy) are the “real” monsters to be feared for their bigotry, etc. Really, is there nothing living under rocks and at the bottom of cesspools that won’t rise up and demand its rights?

  • Prayer Request

    09/27/2015 12:51:12 PM PDT · 16 of 18
    ransomnote to US Navy Vet

    Prayers up!


    09/27/2015 7:45:23 AM PDT · 31 of 44
    ransomnote to NYer

    I’m guessing that apartment building will have a conspicuous atrium which features a crescent/star motif and perhaps an “eternal” flame arising from what looks like rubble....but that’s just me...

  • Why Cursive Should Be Taught In School(and perhaps why it is not)

    09/27/2015 7:41:22 AM PDT · 68 of 119
    ransomnote to MayflowerMadam

    I agree.
    Here’s a link about how writing “by hand” triggers different areas of the brain compared with tracing letters or keyboarding.

    Here’s an odd quote from the next link:
    “ Our new U.S. Secretary of the Treasury can’t (or won’t) write his own name on the new money being “


    “Yet scientists are discovering that learning cursive is an important tool for cognitive development, particularly in training the brain to learn “functional specialization”[2] (link is external)—that is, the capacity for optimal efficiency. In the case of learning cursive writing, the brain develops functional specialization that integrates both sensation, movement control, and thinking. Brain imaging studies reveal that multiple areas of brain become co-activated during the learning of cursive writing of pseudo-letters, as opposed to typing or just visual practice.”

  • Race war: Black Lives Matter radio show calls for murdering white people, cops

    09/07/2015 7:17:14 PM PDT · 9 of 32
    ransomnote to Windflier

    I get the impression that they are being manipulated/coordinated by anarchists- they think they will change the world one murder at a time or are seeing how many believers they can whip up. It’s so off-the-rails extreme I sense gullible people being manipulated by wanna-bees (rulers over the new utopia). I can imagine that the percentage is small and loud - louder than otherwise possible without social media.

  • Poll: 54 Percent of Black Voters Believe There's a 'War on Police'

    09/07/2015 1:35:09 PM PDT · 5 of 24
    ransomnote to Kaslin

    HOw much of this is a result of the concerted effort on Obama’s part to usher in his militia which he said was “necessary” and would be armed equivalent to the military? He was the first pres to push for this and the first to foment circumstances like the racial unrest, anti-cop culture today.

  • Why only Baptist and Secular Music @ my Catholic Father's Memorial?

    08/30/2015 4:24:43 PM PDT · 15 of 47
    ransomnote to lee martell

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims

    07/25/2015 12:54:07 PM PDT · 27 of 69
    ransomnote to crusty old prospector

    “Dr Boyd is thought to have been struck by lightning while walking in Scotland. “

    So they found him dead and are speculating he was hit by lighting?

  • Flaw found in French nuclear reactor

    07/11/2015 12:58:16 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    ransomnote to BenLurkin

    Unlike many low information voters, France’s nuclear safety regulators seem to be aware that Japan has had three nuclear reactor meltdowns, two of which exploded and the explosions spread some radioactive waste over the island nation, deposited some of those wastes far downwind (Canada, US) and has been and will be dumping many tons of radioactive waste tainted water into the ocean for many many years to come.

  • Gays Who Accept Homosexuality is a Mental Illness ZOT!

    06/07/2015 8:38:27 PM PDT · 3 of 38
    ransomnote to johnhankle177

    I doubt it’s safe to try to find people the way you are trying to do so. The gay activists would damage/destroy anyone claiming to be gay who believes it is a mental illness.

  • Meet the Terrible Porn Publisher Behind the Outing of the Duggar Abuse Story

    06/07/2015 8:23:17 PM PDT · 349 of 450
    ransomnote to Kaslin

    I can understand the snicker. I posted it trying to get at least one snicker out of it.

  • Meet the Terrible Porn Publisher Behind the Outing of the Duggar Abuse Story

    06/07/2015 1:38:18 PM PDT · 222 of 450
    ransomnote to Republican Wildcat

    Words you are putting in most people’s mouths so you can respond to arguments that were not made in an effort to discredit them.

    I didn’t put words in mouths. My post is obviously my summary analysis of the behavior, not the words, of Duggar supports. That’s why most post clearly says “Duggar supporters seem to want...” instead of claiming that they “Said they want...”

  • Meet the Terrible Porn Publisher Behind the Outing of the Duggar Abuse Story

    06/07/2015 1:31:55 PM PDT · 221 of 450
    ransomnote to Ann Archy

    Yes...he needs to be KILLED or LOCKED UP FOR LIFE!! Oh, and the girls need 24/7 counseling, and the parents need to have the rest of their children taken from them!!! NOTHING ELSE WOULD SATISFY you People.

    Oh you don’t have to make up lies to attribute to me. I stated what I think should happen now in my post to another Freeper (post 219).

  • Meet the Terrible Porn Publisher Behind the Outing of the Duggar Abuse Story

    06/07/2015 1:26:42 PM PDT · 219 of 450
    ransomnote to caww

    By his own admission Josh declared his behavior at the time and continues to do so today.
    Me: No, at the time, he hid his behavior and snuck into their bedrooms to molest them while they slept or fondled them while he distracted them by reading a book in order to escape detection. Today, he has no choice but to admit it.

    The truth in this family matter is was a crime committed and or was it covered up. Legalities come into play then.
    ME: Well, no, not the truth. Do you mean “the real issue....”? If so, I think it’s only part of the issue. The other parts include why didn’t the family protect their daughters and why is there a public effort to imply the daughters needed no protection from their molestor, and why should the molestor remain without legal consequences (e.g., sex offender registry) because he’s really really sorry (for molesting his 5 year old sister), and why should the Duggars retain their “role model status” in the public eye given that they have not admitted their failures and why don’t they seemt to care how their denial of their daughter’s abuse makes their daughters feel.

    If it can be determined that the tabloids/media are to blame for this development...then “shows on”.

    Diverting the attention away from Josh is the name of the game here...
    ME: We agree that it this OP seems to be the game of diversion from Josh.

    Frankly it should all just be forgotten...but many have a monetary stake in this family besides the family so it’s going to keep being played out....
    ME: Can’t agree with you. If the DUggars hadn’t inked a book deal while knowing what lay in their family’s past, the eventual revelation of the abuse would not be on the national news and exposing their daughters to instrusive media etc.
    I believe that whatever happens now should acknowledge their daughters trauma, the failure of the Duggars to protect their daughters (and the parents private, humble apology to the daugthers for this failure, the decision to put the family’s personal lives on TV as role models which further denied their abuse and exposed them to inappropriate intrustive reportage), the fact that Josh’s behavior toward his sisters is not normal or without conseuences and the registration of Josh in the sexual offenders registry because there isn’t a cure for those who molest children.
    ....and the family is willingly compliant....as they have been since the get go when they chose to exploit their family nationally and internationally as celebrities.

    ME: Well said.

  • Meet the Terrible Porn Publisher Behind the Outing of the Duggar Abuse Story

    06/07/2015 1:05:09 PM PDT · 190 of 450
    ransomnote to jimbo807

    In case any of my fellow Christians fail to mention it to you, God wrote in the bible that he wanted us to tell you the “good news” that He loves you.

  • Meet the Terrible Porn Publisher Behind the Outing of the Duggar Abuse Story

    06/07/2015 12:36:26 PM PDT · 136 of 450
    ransomnote to Ann Archy

    I a Christian and I understand that forgiveness can be separate from consequences. A family member may forgive their son’s killer and the court may reduce time served but doesn’t have to let him go and declare him innocent.

    Yes, Duggar supporters seem to want Josh declared innocent by courts and by public opinion and further, the girls declared “fine” as if it’s “no harm, no foul.” The supporters want it to disappear as if it never happened, classified as normal mistake for that age, “hormones” etc. and since they believe this is “normal” then the girls cannot have been harmed so the damage to their lives has to be denied and the girls will just have to play along and deny it too once it’s declared “normal” behavior.

  • Meet the Terrible Porn Publisher Behind the Outing of the Duggar Abuse Story

    06/07/2015 12:30:24 PM PDT · 127 of 450
    ransomnote to ElayneJ

    The Duggars came first and they didn’t “rush” to the police or get therapy for their daughters or protect the daughters from repeat offenses. I don’t think this notoriety is having a chilling effect on parents reporting incestious assualt - that ship has sailed.

    I don’t think people should have special rights just because they go on TV and their show is popular.

  • Meet the Terrible Porn Publisher Behind the Outing of the Duggar Abuse Story

    06/07/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · 95 of 450
    ransomnote to Talisker

    “I’ll let you know when I think it’s enough.”

    He didn’t mention his feelings, he mentioned his thoughts. It’s his thoughts you hate so much. He didn’t say he wasn’t in control of his own thoughts.

    He seems to be pointing to the fact that those of us who object to the way the molestation was not addressed legally and the way the Duggars are working the PR to minimize his actions and deny the harm done to his victims so it is deemd “water under the bridge.” This is a novel public figure/legal issue for me and perhaps some others and we’d like society to do more than sigh “boys will be boys” and “but they are such nice people!”

    I’ve read about how he asked for forgiveness. Forgiveness for any crime can be given but it doesn’t erase consequences. I can kill someone and drop to my knees yelling “What have I done!?” and beg the arriving police and family for forgiveness, but that is a separate issue from consequences.

  • Meet the Terrible Porn Publisher Behind the Outing of the Duggar Abuse Story

    06/07/2015 11:55:31 AM PDT · 70 of 450
    ransomnote to b9

    I object to murder but it’s not because I’ve ever been murdered before.

    I object to those on FR who are insisting that voicing an opinion makes us “haters” or criticizing posts they don’t like by calling them “hysterics.”

    I object to those who’d like me to apply a different set of moral standards to the Duggars than I apply to any other 14 year old molesting his own sisters because the Duggars are “real TV” celebrities on a popular TV program.

  • Pedophiles Off The Hook?

    06/06/2015 11:19:37 AM PDT · 40 of 60
    ransomnote to Thank You Rush

    “the kids all had professional counseling including Josh”

    ANy professional counselor would be legally obligated to report sexual abuse of children. Every day that it wasn’t reported that lapsed between the FIRST offense discovered/reported to father and the time it was reported to the police was a day in which his daughters were not protected by the head of the house...by his choice. Additional abuses then occurred which the father could have prevented. If the kids got counseling after the fact was reported to the police, so what? They needed to be protected from abuse, not treated for it. To paraphrase Moe Sizlack, it’s not what erasers were meant for.

  • How the Duggars built their custom home after family molestation

    06/04/2015 8:52:48 PM PDT · 89 of 159
    ransomnote to caww

    Results from studies of molestation and incest show that sexualized activity, which need not to include what you call “sex” (it’s not sex if one is too young to know how to repel an older brother ), isn’t required - just being treated in a sexualized manner is damaging or watching inappropriate films etc., even molesting hands inappropriately placed on the outside of clothing can be very damaging to young children; they They are not equipped to understand what is happening and what to do etc. and it’s worse that these are family members because from a very young age the girls were molested in their own home by their own “loving” family member so their own home and “love” even from family is not safe.

  • Actors call for crackdown on producers who use the casting couch to demand sex

    05/31/2015 11:04:29 AM PDT · 15 of 66
    ransomnote to poinq

    I read a purported insider story that basically said, “If someone is a successful actor, it means they are sexually available to alot of decision makers.

  • Video about race at a high school sparks controversy in local town

    05/31/2015 10:54:54 AM PDT · 17 of 24
    ransomnote to Leaning Right

    FWIW, Blacks are at the bottom of national educational assessments. They are approximately 2 grade levels behind whites and there is extra pressure to graduate them to the next grade level because holding them back would be “racist.” So by the time they graduate high school, too many have failed to earn a high school level of competence. That shakes out in the job market.
    There are plenty of individuals and others from other races who are down at the bottom of the scale too - but as an entire cohort, on average, a significant number of blacks are at least 2 grade levels behind whites upon graduation and that can be expected to limit their job fitness. Yes there are brilliant black scholars, but the data indicates that the average of the cohort is lower than the average of white, Asian and Hispanic Cohorts. And I think lower job performance fuels grievance that is used to justify higher crime rates for the cohort. ANd all this attributed to whites actively discriminating against blacks. *sigh*

  • Josh Duggar, Atheists, and Pedophiles

    05/31/2015 10:23:35 AM PDT · 37 of 37
    ransomnote to the_daug

    I don’t have a TV and I don’t follow shows like the Duggars. It isn’t personal for me, I just don’t see why anyone would set aside psychological research and expert consensus just because this guy is “famous” and “seems” like such a fine person. Despite their evil actions, pervs can seem 100% normal and even likable (Cosby) in the rest of their lives. Even J Duggar said his actions were inexcusable, so I don’t mind not excusing him from normal standards of conduct.

  • Josh Duggar, Atheists, and Pedophiles

    05/30/2015 5:16:23 PM PDT · 34 of 37
    ransomnote to the_daug

    I will stand by decades of research on pedophiles rather than a protected TV personality.

  • Josh Duggar, Atheists, and Pedophiles

    05/27/2015 5:20:15 PM PDT · 24 of 37
    ransomnote to the_daug

    Where have you been? Have you never read anything about this behavior before?

    All the psychological literature spells out deviant behavior and NO CURE. It would be a far less time consuming task to try to find even one reputable source that would portray what is described in the police report as a mere “phase” of childhood or a treatable disorder.

    Search the web and you can get a variety of opinion as to source of deviance but no variation in the abnormality of such behavior or its incurable, damaging nature.

    Rather than cite studies to look up, I’ll use a recent distillation that captures the gist of such studies.
    “ Like many forms of sexual deviance, pedophilia once was thought to stem from psychological influences early in life. Now, many experts view it as a sexual orientation as immutable as heterosexuality or homosexuality. It is a deep-rooted predisposition — limited almost entirely to men — that becomes clear during puberty and does not change.”


    “Not all pedophiles molest children. Nor are all child molesters pedophiles. Studies show that about half of all molesters are not sexually attracted to their victims. They often have personality disorders or violent streaks, and their victims are typically family members.”

    Look at prison data. Look at psychological studies. They portray deviant behavior emerging at puberty and remaining resilient against treatment. Pedophilia or personality disorder - there’s no known cure. And Josh wasn’t treated anyway.

  • Update on JRandomFreeper

    05/27/2015 5:00:25 PM PDT · 13 of 132
    ransomnote to SisterK


  • The LGBT Community is Eating Our Own

    05/26/2015 7:07:33 PM PDT · 27 of 29
    ransomnote to 2ndDivisionVet

    You mean they sometimes treat their own activists the way they treat straight activists? I am for it - what’s good for their targest is good for them.

  • Russia plans to use PRISON labour to drive down the cost of World Cup

    05/26/2015 7:04:54 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    ransomnote to MinorityRepublican

    back when I worked with the Soviets, you could go to hard labor camp for years just for owning/making an unregistered knife
    I met some former prisoners - the only way I really knew was that they tend to tattoo their wrist with barbed wire (like a bracelet) unless that was done “for” them.

  • Josh Duggar, Atheists, and Pedophiles

    05/26/2015 7:01:19 PM PDT · 10 of 37
    ransomnote to Sean_Anthony

    Just a comment re the phrasing of news reporting and comments about this crime. Many have pointed out that it happened “more than a decade ago” as does a news report.
    There’s something different about this kind of sexual crime - it’s not something people grow out of. Here I am using “people” to mean “perpetrator.” Stealing or forging while 14 years of age, “over 10 years ago” and realizing the error of your ways means something different than the same age of perpetrator and the same lapse in years when it refers to molesting children (i.e., he was 14 when he molested a 4 year old). This behavior is, sadly, a marker for perversion that psychologists can’t cure. Note there’s no indication that he ever received therapy but even if he had, this kind of perversion isn’t curable. Saying he’s sorry is a start but the elephant in the room is that he’s still a damaged person able to damage others.