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by bentheimmigrant
Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704610

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

A natural progression: - Small, independent religious film opens at 11 theatres, brings in $126,000 (against a $7M budget) - Film features a horrendously cheesy and clichéd song , of course including a painfully overdone key change. - Academy nominates song for Best Song. Totally unrelated: - Compos...
by bentheimmigrant
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704610

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

But they specialise in frozen goods. It's clever!
by bentheimmigrant
Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 168851

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully it'll be one of those rare Super Bowls that's really worth staying up for.
by bentheimmigrant
Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1937
Views: 409021

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Since apparently some people around here can't tell the difference between the future and an eye... Last week, Google bought Nest for $3.2B. Nest makes smart home devices, e.g. their smoke alarm can tell the difference between a house fire and burnt toast. And their thermostat is pretty awesome . Ho...
by bentheimmigrant
Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704610

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

The terrifying thing about that is it indicates that they actually believe that "piracy funds terrorism".
by bentheimmigrant
Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704610

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

... Are those all "euphemisms" for something?
by bentheimmigrant
Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564003

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Nah, I think you're the only one here impressed or convinced by your self-proclaimed victories. And I say that as someone who come down on the same side as you. Your assertions of "colonialism" in particular make you look like a buffoon, not a rhetorician.
by bentheimmigrant
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564003

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

EMTP wrote:the difference between a colonial project and a colony

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by bentheimmigrant
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 457451

Re: Questions For The World

Hey, Brits! What's the deal with your lawyers, or barristers, dressing all old-timey? I'm sure I could google this, but I also want to know if you guys also think it's ridiculous, or if you think our American lawyers are uncivilized in their normal clothes. It's just another part of the system desi...
by bentheimmigrant
Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate
Replies: 53
Views: 8379

Re: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate

The super-majority is dead. The supermajority died when the GOP base made it clear that they consider "compromise" to be what's wrong with politics. Getting rid of the filibuster looks stupid. It's all offense and no defense. The only argument that makes any sense is the one from the Econ...
by bentheimmigrant
Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate
Replies: 53
Views: 8379

Re: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate

I'll steal an angle from Ezra Klein:
Until now, Obama couldn't actually fire anyone because he couldn't expect the GOP to let him replace them. It will be interesting to see if anyone is held accountable for healthcare.gov.
by bentheimmigrant
Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Shooting someone you know to be unarmed who you cannot reasonably conclude poses an immediate threat to you? That should always be murder. Someone physically attacking you poses a threat. It seems possible that the officer was not yet aware that this threat had abaited. Not certain, mind you, but p...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate
Replies: 53
Views: 8379

Re: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate

I mean, to some extent, he's right, even if he is being a bit silly with it. That is a perfectly foreseeable outcome. But as I said above, what reason does anyone have to expect the modern incarnation of the Republican party wouldn't do the same thing with the filibuster when it suited them? They've...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate
Replies: 53
Views: 8379

Re: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate

Pretty sure Zamfir was being somewhat facetious.
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate
Replies: 53
Views: 8379

Re: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate

The best reasoning I've seen on this basically goes like this: Republicans just shut down the government against heavy public opposition in order to publicise their ideological goals (which they knew beforehand, or should have known, would not be attained by shutting down the government). Why would ...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704610

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

SlyReaper wrote:I'm a dumb brit with no intuitive feel for the size of the very city I live in.

There are approximately 8 Baths in a Brizzle, and 14 Brizzles in a London.
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The two bullets that killed him are no more terrible than his steering wheel would have been if he'd hit another cat head-on during that whole thing. Kinda? But since he didn't hurt or kill anyone, and since the police are not the judge, jury and executioner, equating the two is distracting from th...
by bentheimmigrant
Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The two bullets that killed him are no more terrible than his steering wheel would have been if he'd hit another cat head-on during that whole thing. Kinda? But since he didn't hurt or kill anyone, and since the police are not the judge, jury and executioner, equating the two is distracting from th...
by bentheimmigrant
Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564003

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

But the Church of England is technically state run, with the monarch as its leader, is it not? Having a constitution doesn't make you not a theocracy. We don't exactly have a constitution, per se. In some ways, the entire system is our constitution. But as it stands, you could probably argue that w...
by bentheimmigrant
Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't have a citation, so could very well be wrong. But, in any situation I can think of where an officer should shoot is one in which it would be risky just to injure. Police can't shoot you because you are fleeing, if they have a reason to shoot, the reason should be that you are a legitimate t...
by bentheimmigrant
Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Umm, no, you never shoot to wound. Ever. It's shoot to kill or not at all; there is absolutely no place in the human body you can be shot that may not lead to death. Think a leg isn't a vital area? Not if you hit the femural artery. The rule wasn't shoot, it was point. I don't have a problem with t...
by bentheimmigrant
Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Given that you should never shoot in the first place at anything you don't think is threatening imminent bodily harm, the rule should be "shoot until the target no longer poses a threat". The difference between that and "shoot until they are dead" is likely to be pretty minute. ...
by bentheimmigrant
Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704610

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Djehutynakht wrote:Red Sox won the World Series!


I take it we're not a very sports-oriented peoples and I'm not a sports oriented person, but I'm a Bostonian (and Randall is from the area) so...

Warranted. World Series!


That's all.

I think the World Series counts as news when the Cubs win it.
by bentheimmigrant
Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

There are about 316,000,000 people in the US. If 10000 were killed each year that would be .00003165 percent. And I don't think the rate is that high, I believe it is closer to 500. I call that a small number. About 400 or so people die of electrocution. About 400 or so die in workplace accidents ....
by bentheimmigrant
Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Training and policy. Clearly designed guides as to when deadly force is allowable and consistent training. They are already subject to civil and legal actions if the situation warrants it. The FBI is investigating this latest case. I suspect the reason bentheimmigrant didn't find a lot of data is b...
by bentheimmigrant
Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Like I said... there's not much helpful stuff out there. There are some that compile lists, but no links or numbers, others that are just justified anti-authority rhetoric, like from the DailyKos or wsws.org. Honestly I'm kinda surprised nothing popped up.
by bentheimmigrant
Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

As I said earlier, the most helpful piece of information we could have in this is a comparison between unarmed people shot by police and police who are shot. This would give a much better indication of the cost/benefit of arming officers. As it stands, the closest to reasonable sources I can find of...
by bentheimmigrant
Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 457451

Re: Questions For The World

SecondTalon wrote:Scrapple's the only strange food I can find that might be unique to the US, and you can't get it everywhere in the US anyway.

Grits?
by bentheimmigrant
Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 457451

Re: Questions For The World

American cheese.
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That number doesn't include those killed while off duty. The 3 per 100,000 is for all day every day, not 8 hrs during second shift M-F. Not to mention that police officers tend to be larger and healthier than the general public, meaning more likely to survive a gunshot. That still doesn't add up to...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Eighty five officers have died in the line of duty to date this year. So fear of death by violence for law enforcement, here in the US is a reasonable fear. Let's break this down... 85 ( 84 by this site ) have died, but only 26 by intentional gunfire - if you wish you may add 1 stabbing, 1 bomb, an...
by bentheimmigrant
Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If the officer was so knowledgeable about "assault weapons", he would have known that an AK-47 is not particularly controllable at pistol range. What does that even mean? An AK47 fires a 7.62mm full-size rifle round (unlike the smaller 5.56 of an M16). At pistol range (which, obviously, t...
by bentheimmigrant
Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

davidstarlingm wrote:If the officer was so knowledgeable about "assault weapons", he would have known that an AK-47 is not particularly controllable at pistol range.

What does that even mean?
by bentheimmigrant
Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Good to have some follow up on that story... hopefully they've got enough to file charges against the trigger happy ones.

Paul in Saudi wrote:(Do cars still backfire?)

It was a '79 Chevy, so I'd say yes?
by bentheimmigrant
Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 457451

Re: Questions For The World

roband wrote:Back to pronunciations: how would you say "Wootton" and where are you from?

The right way, and near Wootton Bassett.
by bentheimmigrant
Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704610

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Anyway, by my understanding, the US government shutdown does stop NASA from making discoveries, because they've had to furlough almost their entire staff. Meh, in this (hypothetical) instance the discovery would probably be from before the shutdown. The issue is that there shouldn't be anyone curre...
by bentheimmigrant
Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159492

Re: Police misbehavior thread

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/15/justice/north-carolina-police-shooting/ Police in North Carolina shot and killed a man running toward them Saturday morning -- but he may have just been looking for help after a car wreck. However, the good news here is that the officer involved is being charged with m...
by bentheimmigrant
Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 457451

Re: Questions For The World

Jumble is not free, so I'd guess not.

Jumble wrote:Question to the world: upgrade my iPhone 4s to iOS 7 when it offers later today? Yes or no?

(There may be a thread for this somewhere but I couldn't find it)

Yes. You should have done it already.
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704610

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote:Half man...half raptor.

Does not fear death. Hides in plain sight.

The intelligence of a human, the hunger of the velociraptor.

True story.

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