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

Postby Magnanimous » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:04 am UTC

oxoiron wrote:I'm a dumb American with an intuitive feel for the sizes of neither Singapore nor Rhode Island.
Spoiler:
TG: like the size of texas
TG: or just rhode island
TG: theyre always throwing around these geographical comparisons to give us a sense of scale like it really means anything to us
TG: but its like it doesnt matter its always just like: WOW THATS PRETTY FUCKING BIG
TG: like mr president theres a meteor coming sir. oh yeah, how big is it? its the size of texas sir
TG: OH SHIT
TG: or, how big is it? its the size of new york city sir
TG: OH SHIT
TG: sir im afraid the comet is the size of your moms dick
TG: OH SNAP
TG: sir are you familiar with jupiter
TG: you mean like the planet?
TG: yeah
TG: well its that big sir
TG: hmm that sounds pretty big
TG: i have a question
TG: is it jupiter?
TG: yes sir, earth is literally under seige by planet fucking jupiter
TG: OH SHIT

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Postby Gopher of Pern » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:03 am UTC

oxoiron wrote:
Wnderer wrote:And for you dumb Americans too embarrassed to admit you don't have an intuitive feel for the size of Singapore.
Spoiler:
It's about one fifth the size of Rhode Island

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I'm a dumb American with an intuitive feel for the sizes of neither Singapore nor Rhode Island.


As a non-American...since when is Rhode Island not an island?
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Postby bigglesworth » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:21 am UTC

addams wrote:Are those measured inch by inch and mile by mile?
Or: cm. by cm. and km. by km.?
cm by cm and mile by mile

Seriously.
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Postby SlyReaper » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:23 am UTC

Gopher of Pern wrote:
oxoiron wrote:
Wnderer wrote:And for you dumb Americans too embarrassed to admit you don't have an intuitive feel for the size of Singapore.
Spoiler:
It's about one fifth the size of Rhode Island

mrhodeisland.png
I'm a dumb American with an intuitive feel for the sizes of neither Singapore nor Rhode Island.


As a non-American...since when is Rhode Island not an island?

It is an island. "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" is the state which contains Rhode Island. But that's hard to say, so people shorten the name of the state to Rhode Island. So it can be confusing.
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Postby Plasma Man » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:46 am UTC

So there was a spy that was found dead. His body was padlocked in a sports bag. The police say it was probably an accident. Is that the least believable cover-up ever?
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Postby Thesh » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:05 pm UTC

My question is, if you are going to hit someone, why would you leave them in a padlocked gym bag? It doesn't make any more sense to say that he was assassinated than to say it was accidental.
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Postby bigglesworth » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:07 pm UTC

You might consider it difficult to lock yourself in a sports bag from the inside. And yes, it is difficult. But SIS recruit the best. And if anyone could achieve it, it'd be a man with a 1st class degree at age 17 and a wardrobe full of women's underwear.
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Postby Angua » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:15 pm UTC

Obviously nothing more than a magician's trick, gone awry.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:12 pm UTC

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Postby addams » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:38 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
Gopher of Pern wrote:
oxoiron wrote:
Wnderer wrote:And for you dumb Americans too embarrassed to admit you don't have an intuitive feel for the size of Singapore.
Spoiler:
It's about one fifth the size of Rhode Island

mrhodeisland.png
I'm a dumb American with an intuitive feel for the sizes of neither Singapore nor Rhode Island.


As a non-American...since when is Rhode Island not an island?

It is an island. "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" is the state which contains Rhode Island. But that's hard to say, so people shorten the name of the state to Rhode Island. So it can be confusing.

Rhode Island is small. It is not an Island.
But; It might as well be an Island.

I went there.
Spoiler:
Of course, there was some big hurry.
Some AssHole wanted to BE SOMEBODY.


It was gray and cold and the Ocean was gray and cold.
"Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."

They say Rhode Island is not an Island. It might be.

Who says Rhode Island is not an Island?
I crossed a bridge to get there.
I crossed a different bridge to leave.
While I was there, I could see water most of the time.

The cartographers are lying to you. Rhode Island IS an Island.
Go there! Go see for yourself.

It is pretty easy to get there.
1. Measure it out in Centimeters on your map.
2. Then convert to miles.

This will work to get you to Rhode Island, if and only if,
1. You know where you are.
2. You have an uncorrupted map.

That seems like a lot of trouble to Discover The Truth about Rhode Island.
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I want to respond to the News article about The Dead Spy.

Why did the Spy Story make the news four years after that man's death?
What made that man a Spy? What is a Spy?

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/11/13 ... y-died-by/

Why? It Did make the news in 2010. It also made the news in 2007.
Different guy? Same guy? Nothing we can do nor say will make that man undead.
I did not know him. Did you?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espionage
Espionage or spying involves a government or individual obtaining information considered secret or confidential
without the permission of the holder of the information.


Did you ever know a spy? Really? What kind?

I had a beautiful, idealistic friend, one time.
It true. I had a friend.

He told me the Americans, DHS, wanted him to work with them.
Information! He was a spy. That is so funny. Sad, but funny.

My friend lived, I think. It was very scary for him.
The Americans were Not Nice. He was nice.

Human! He was human and funny and irritable when thing did not go his way.
I thought working with the Americans was a good idea.
He asked me, first.

He said, "I don't want to work with them."
I said, "Do it! That is money and money is neutral."

He looked at me like I had swallowed a bug.
"Buddy, you will not do anything for them, you would not do. RIght?"

He thought about it for a moment. Then he said, "That is true."
Me, "ok. What do they want to know?"

So stupid. Spy Rings.
Does your Spy Ring?

Where did they bury that man?
It is important to me.


edit: That is none of my business.
I did some more reading.

A mathamatician?
Why kill a mathamitican?

You, xkcdd, are most likely, correct.
A little rough indoor play got out of hand.

Did you read about his work?
That a good argument against a bunch of Secret Anything.

Math is hard. Math guys don't keep secrets.
They, just, know shit no one else can understand.

What if he died because he was smart?
That is fucked up. Right?

I am going over to the Religion Thread.
It is fucked up to wake up to an old obituary.

Where are your friends buried?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ldall.html
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The Dark Arts! The Dark Arts=Math.

It sounds so bad. It's not bad. It is Math.
It can be done Wrong. Did he do Bad Math?

Do you know how angry those guys can get about an Equasion?
Well; You would think they were unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe.

Maybe they are unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe.
To think the knowing will change the Universe, is stupid.

Math is like art. Once in a great while it will have an effect.
Never a very large effect. i like the math mind. I can't do it.

God! How creepy. Why does the world fine gruesome shit entertaining?
What is wrong with us?

Have you ever been in a Cemetery?
Who's death is noble?

Cause of death should be a Can Do.
Even after one full week.

No one missed him for a week?
It would take longer than that for me.
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Postby bluebambue » Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:49 pm UTC

bigglesworth wrote:You might consider it difficult to lock yourself in a sports bag from the inside. And yes, it is difficult. But SIS recruit the best. And if anyone could achieve it, it'd be a man with a 1st class degree at age 17 and a wardrobe full of women's underwear.

At the coroner's inquest, an expert witness (described as "an expert on confined spaces") who is about the same size as Williams said he had tried and failed to do this no fewer than 300 times. The bag is big enough, he testified. "You can get into the bag and you can zip the bag up. That's not a problem."

Turns out the problem is locking yourself in, although you wouldn't think it'd take 300 attempts to be sure of that. "You can't access the lock from the inside without damaging the bag, so it cannot be padlocked from the inside," he said. "Even Harry Houdini wouldn't have managed it."

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Postby addams » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:16 pm UTC

It, kind of, obvious he was murdered.
Let him rest in Peace.

If he was real. Did you look at the photos?
Of his life. Was he real? More than BatMan's MaidMan?

Is this funny? In what way?
A Gang Killing?

Did someone get paid to do that?
That is not funny. It is scary.

What are Your Secrets like?
What will you take to your grave?

Who cares what you know?
Don't you know the same thing everyone else knows?

Some people are good at Math. It is like they speak a different language.
I have known a few. They are people, too. Funny and a little on the irritable side.

That is, just, in My Experience. "Don't Talk While Some Guy is Doing Math."
Math was done with pen and paper. Sometimes it was done with paint.
Sometimes it was written on the wall. It is pretty.

My Brother was good at Math. He had the Math Gene.
My Mother was good at Spelling. She had the Spelling Gene.
It seems God ran out of genes, by the time he got to me.

How do we Judge that man? The personality that lived an academic life and was killed for it.
No-fucking-wonder people avoid academia. Who wants to know anything, if knowing shit is that dangerous?

Let this be a lesson to all little students everywhere. 'Don't dabble in the Black Arts.'
Math classes don't have to go underground. They are incomprehensible to the common man. (crap)

Math Classes go UnderGround? What does that mean?
The Black Arts. Math. Who can do the Black Arts?

Not Me! No Black Arts here... That is dangerous stuff.
Take up Deep Sea diving, instead? Deep Sea diving is easier and more interesting to watch.

edit: stupid spell check. incompressible and incomprehensible are different words.
May as well be the same word. Who in your world knows the difference?
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby Gopher of Pern » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:55 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
Gopher of Pern wrote:
oxoiron wrote:
Wnderer wrote:And for you dumb Americans too embarrassed to admit you don't have an intuitive feel for the size of Singapore.
Spoiler:
It's about one fifth the size of Rhode Island

mrhodeisland.png
I'm a dumb American with an intuitive feel for the sizes of neither Singapore nor Rhode Island.


As a non-American...since when is Rhode Island not an island?

It is an island. "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" is the state which contains Rhode Island. But that's hard to say, so people shorten the name of the state to Rhode Island. So it can be confusing.


That makes a bit more sense. Thanks.
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Postby Nylonathatep » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:17 am UTC

And now for something more positive:

Boy battling cancer becomes 'Batkid' to save San Francisco from crime

Miles, who lives in Tulelake in far Northern California, didn't know what was in store for him and thought he was in San Francisco just to get a Batman costume so he could dress like his favourite superhero, KGO-TV reported.
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Postby KrO2 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:50 am UTC

See also the indictment released by the actual DOJ, in which they charge the villains that Batkid caught.

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Postby Coyne » Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:38 am UTC

Wnderer wrote:There are
44 Manhattans in a Rhode Island,
22 Districts of Columbia in a Rhode Island
175 Rhode Islands in a Texas
and if you want to convert to metric.
1.5 Luxembourgs in a Rhode Island.


Is this metric system? Or Imperial?
In all fairness...

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Postby addams » Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:45 am UTC

Coyne wrote:
Wnderer wrote:There are
44 Manhattans in a Rhode Island,
22 Districts of Columbia in a Rhode Island
175 Rhode Islands in a Texas
and if you want to convert to metric.
1.5 Luxembourgs in a Rhode Island.


Is this metric system? Or Imperial?


In this Thread it was stated clearly.
We will be doing this Cm. by Cm. and Mile by Mile.

There are a lot of Cm in a Mile. Get ready for a llooonng journey.

The objective distance will not be effected by the measuring system.
The subjective distance will be.

I had it explained to me. It is complicated.
They were city people. They seemed to know what they were talking about.

It was very hard for me to follow that explanation. I may not understood it.
I don't have to understand it. We are mixing our metrics and we will still not get anywhere.
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Postby elasto » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:03 am UTC

Time to regulate smallprint? Or can existing laws and the market take care of this?

A couple who wrote a negative review of an online retailer has been hit with a $3,500 fine and had their credit score dinged. According to KUTV in Salt Lake City, several years ago, Jen Palmer’s husband ordered several products from KlearGear.com, which specializes in novelty trinkets. But PayPal canceled the transaction when the items failed to arrive after 30 days.

Palmer tried to call KlearGear for an explanation, but was never able to reach anybody. Eventually, she wrote a bad review of her experience with KlearGear at RipOffReport.com.

"There is absolutely no way to get in touch with a physical human being," the review reads, according to KUTV. The negative review also mentions "horrible customer service practices."

Three years later, Jen Palmer’s husband received an email from KlearGear, demanding the review be removed or they would be fined $3,500. According to KUTV, it turns out that Palmer and her husband violated a "non-disparagement" clause hidden in the terms of sale.

"In an effort to ensure fair and honest public feedback, and to prevent the publishing of libelous content in any form, your acceptance of this sales contract prohibits you from taking any action that negatively impacts kleargear.com, its reputation, products, services, management or employees," the clause reads.

“Should you violate this clause, as determined by KlearGear.com in its sole discretion, you will be provided a seventy-two (72) hour opportunity to retract the content in question,” the clause reads. “If the content remains, in whole or in part, you will immediately be billed $3,500.00 USD for legal fees and court costs until such complete costs are determined in litigation. Should these charges remain unpaid for 30 calendar days from the billing date, your unpaid invoice will be forwarded to our third party collection firm and will be reported to consumer credit reporting agencies until paid.”

As KUTV reports, upon receiving the email from KlearGear.com, Jen Palmer contacted RipOffReport.com to have the post removed, but they told her there was a charge of $2,000 to remove negative reviews.

When Palmer and her husband failed to pay the fine within 30 days, their credit score was dinged. According to KUTV, the couple are now getting rejection letters from lenders after applying for a loan to buy a car or fix the furnace in their home.

"This is fraud," Jen Palmer said. "They're blackmailing us for telling the truth. … I have the right to tell somebody else these guys ripped me off.”

There are multiple negative posts about KlearGear.com on RipOffReport.com, KUTV said. Additionally, the company got an “F” rating in 2010 from Better Business Bureau for “not delivering products purchased online in a timely manner.” Today they have a “B” rating.

"I think this is outrageous that a company like this would force a consumer to relinquish their first amendment rights to speak about their product as a condition of sale," First Amendment attorney Jeff Hunt told KUTV. "I've never seen anything like it."


(RipOffReport sound like right assh*les too...)

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Postby addams » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:30 am UTC

ok. It is funny is a sad way.
Sounds like something my father would do.

Set up a company.
Put the clause in.

Take people's money, send them nothing.
When they complain, bill them for the privilege.

They are not doing it correctly.
When my father was done with people,
they often gave him a hug and thanked him.

He was a jerk. Does the internet allow for loads of rip-offs?
Sometimes people discover they have been had.
Sometimes they don't.

The couple from the story know what has happened.
It is possible to document the experience and pay the fee to have that information added to their credit reports.

I know! Legal fees are taxing.
If they use an attorney, the attorney will bill the company and file a counter suit.
Let the slooow motion CalvinBall games begin. Legal shit takes forever.

In some court rooms I have heard the term, Time Is Of The Essence.
That is legal for, Hurry! Sometimes it has an effect. From decades to years?
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Postby Darryl » Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:45 am UTC

elasto wrote:Time to regulate smallprint? Or can existing laws and the market take care of this?

A couple who wrote a negative review of an online retailer has been hit with a $3,500 fine and had their credit score dinged. According to KUTV in Salt Lake City, several years ago, Jen Palmer’s husband ordered several products from KlearGear.com, which specializes in novelty trinkets. But PayPal canceled the transaction when the items failed to arrive after 30 days.

Palmer tried to call KlearGear for an explanation, but was never able to reach anybody. Eventually, she wrote a bad review of her experience with KlearGear at RipOffReport.com.

"There is absolutely no way to get in touch with a physical human being," the review reads, according to KUTV. The negative review also mentions "horrible customer service practices."

Three years later, Jen Palmer’s husband received an email from KlearGear, demanding the review be removed or they would be fined $3,500. According to KUTV, it turns out that Palmer and her husband violated a "non-disparagement" clause hidden in the terms of sale.

"In an effort to ensure fair and honest public feedback, and to prevent the publishing of libelous content in any form, your acceptance of this sales contract prohibits you from taking any action that negatively impacts kleargear.com, its reputation, products, services, management or employees," the clause reads.

“Should you violate this clause, as determined by KlearGear.com in its sole discretion, you will be provided a seventy-two (72) hour opportunity to retract the content in question,” the clause reads. “If the content remains, in whole or in part, you will immediately be billed $3,500.00 USD for legal fees and court costs until such complete costs are determined in litigation. Should these charges remain unpaid for 30 calendar days from the billing date, your unpaid invoice will be forwarded to our third party collection firm and will be reported to consumer credit reporting agencies until paid.”

As KUTV reports, upon receiving the email from KlearGear.com, Jen Palmer contacted RipOffReport.com to have the post removed, but they told her there was a charge of $2,000 to remove negative reviews.

When Palmer and her husband failed to pay the fine within 30 days, their credit score was dinged. According to KUTV, the couple are now getting rejection letters from lenders after applying for a loan to buy a cat or fix the furnace in their home.

"This is fraud," Jen Palmer said. "They're blackmailing us for telling the truth. … I have the right to tell somebody else these guys ripped me off.”

There are multiple negative posts about KlearGear.com on RipOffReport.com, KUTV said. Additionally, the company got an “F” rating in 2010 from Better Business Bureau for “not delivering products purchased online in a timely manner.” Today they have a “B” rating.

"I think this is outrageous that a company like this would force a consumer to relinquish their first amendment rights to speak about their product as a condition of sale," First Amendment attorney Jeff Hunt told KUTV. "I've never seen anything like it."


(RipOffReport sound like right assh*les too...)

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I think, legally, since Kleargear violated the terms of the contract by not delivering the goods, the sale contract would be voided, and they shouldn't be held liable. Whether it's worth hiring a lawyer is the question, though, which is how such shady/illegal practices continue.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby ConMan » Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:39 am UTC

I'm trying to work out how issuing penalties for negative feedback promotes "fair and honest feedback". Or is that from the same root as Fox's "Fair and Balanced" news?
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Postby addams » Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:40 am UTC

ConMan wrote:I'm trying to work out how issuing penalties for negative feedback promotes "fair and honest feedback". Or is that from the same root as Fox's "Fair and Balanced" news?

yes.
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Postby PhoenixEnigma » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:12 am UTC

Apparently (according to the Internet Archive), the clause wasn't even a part of the contract when the transaction occurred, or for years afterwards. Not to mention they appear to be displaying false BBB A+ ratings and TRUSTe certifications, which is probably not a good sign of an ethical, honest sort of company.
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Postby jestingrabbit » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:10 am UTC

But even if KlearGear is a sack of crap company that shouldn't be allowed to trade, the couple in the story are still screwed in the mean time. Isn't that a little bit ridiculous, that a company you aborted a transaction with years ago can turn around fuck with your credit so completely, with little or no timely recourse options? Whether the fine print is regulated or not, there should be a way for a wronged party to put things right, and that seems absent in the credit rating industry.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby PeteP » Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:54 pm UTC

I'm pretty sure that here (germany) adding random clauses which are unusual or extreme to the terms of sales on you website would simply be invalid. Can you actually do that in the USA or would it break down before a court? Or are they only abusing their credit rating powers and it is just a random justification?

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

Postby Tyndmyr » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:29 pm UTC

Well, you can put anything in terms, it just might not hold up in court. Likewise, you can sue for anything, but it might get tossed out with the quickness. This particular case seems, at least to me, to be really unlikely for the company to be successful with, but due to the structure of the legal system, a good amount of grief can be given before the case gets thrown out. Countersuing may not be the worst idea for them....

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

Postby Coyne » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:52 am UTC

PeteP wrote:I'm pretty sure that here (germany) adding random clauses which are unusual or extreme to the terms of sales on you website would simply be invalid. Can you actually do that in the USA or would it break down before a court? Or are they only abusing their credit rating powers and it is just a random justification?

The courts here are prone to let anything in the terms of sales stand. It's allowed companies to get a with all kinds of nonsense.

Of course, you can always sue and try to get the clause dropped, but it'll cost you $100,000 in legal fees that you won't be able to get reimbursed. So a lot of this stuff is done because the companies know most people won't--can't--fight.

Consider a disastrous natural event, such as a big storm, like a hurricane: It doesn't hate, isn't cruel; isn't even uncaring because "uncaring" is something that we apply to people with the capacity to care, who won't. All you can do if a big storm comes where you are is: Endure.

More and more our corporations are like disastrous natural events: They do whatever they will and all you can do is endure.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby addams » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:09 pm UTC

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/11/20/ ... 384984148/

In an attempt to find something to lighten the mood, I found this.
Sewage disposal is a serious issue.

These guys are way back at encouraging the production of sewage in a disposable form.
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http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/11/21/ ... 385072660/
This one may be better. I think it is funny.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby Cleverbeans » Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:13 am UTC

JPMorgan decides it's a good idea to solicit questions on twitter for a Q&A with the Vice President, hilarity ensues.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby Thesh » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:19 am UTC

Cleverbeans wrote:JPMorgan decides it's a good idea to solicit questions on twitter for a Q&A with the Vice President, hilarity ensues.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/362427


I wonder what genius came up with that idea. BTW, it's Vice Chairman, not Vice President. Banks have a lot of vice presidents; I work with more people with a VP title than I do with non-VPs at my office, which makes the title kind of meaningless at that point.

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

Postby ameretrifle » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:34 pm UTC

Famous TV psychic Sylvia Browne dead, 11 years before she predicted.

(I've been trying to find an article that's a decent middle ground somewhere between hit piece and credulous fawning but it ain't been easy. This is about as close as I've gotten so far. Though to be honest, she's on my "De mortuis nihil nisi bonum" exceptions list anyway.)

Skeptics and those forced by their parents to sit through way more shitty tv psychic shows than is healthy (/projection) are less than dismayed.

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

Postby Thesh » Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:12 pm UTC

Psychics exist. One time I was playing roulette, and I lost 60 games in a row before quitting; if I wasn't psychic, I would have won at least one or two games, but instead I was able to predict exactly where the ball wouldn't lie with 100% accuracy.


Because, that's how statistics work.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby CorruptUser » Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:33 pm UTC

The ultimate test to determine psychic powers should always be 'which of these chambers isn't loaded?' done dozens of times.

I really hate psychics, especially when they sell their services to find missing family members. I mean either the person is a fraud and is knowingly scamming other people in their most vulnerable of moments, or they are a real psychic and are extorting the families for information. Either way, yes they deserve to die and I hope they burn in hell.

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

Postby Thesh » Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:44 pm UTC

Some of them actually advertise themselves as entertainers, and don't answer serious questions, just tell people stupid stuff to make them think "Wow, that's amazing!" - I have no problems with those people. Sylvia Brown is one of those people in which this world is now a better place because she's dead.

I like to prove I'm a psychic by telling people "Pick a number between one and a thousand" and then guess what it is. Eventually it will work, and it will be awesome.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby CorruptUser » Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:03 pm UTC

Yeah I don't have a problem with party magicians and so forth. I'm not going to insist that all illusionists be burned at the stake for witchcraft. I'm not talking about Sigfried and Roy or David Blaine.

But when someone insists they are a sorceror in all seriousness and demands you bow to their whims, that's when the men in white need to show up and take them to a safe place. Preferrably before they found a cult. When a person claims to be able to locate missing persons via psychic powers, diverting attention from ACTUAL police work, and demanding to be paid for it, yeah they need the chamber test first. Sylvia Browne was such a person.

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

Postby Sizik » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:57 pm UTC

ameretrifle wrote:Famous TV psychic Sylvia Browne dead, 11 years before she predicted.


Has she been able to be reached for comment?
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby addams » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:30 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:The ultimate test to determine psychic powers should always be 'which of these chambers isn't loaded?' done dozens of times.

I really hate psychics, especially when they sell their services to find missing family members. I mean either the person is a fraud and is knowingly scamming other people in their most vulnerable of moments, or they are a real psychic and are extorting the families for information. Either way, yes they deserve to die and I hope they burn in hell.

Hey! I think the extortion thing is wrong, too.
Burning in Hell is a bit extreme. Still...

A Psych should do what any other professional does.
Say, "This is what I think and this is why I think it."

Am MD or a Nurse do the same dang thing!
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After looking at your lover, I think you are going to get sick, too.
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I have allowed people to think I am psychic. It is a stupid game.
It is better than dyeing of Boredom.

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There was always a lesson to be learned.

I let some AssHole watch me play that game with other people.
The other people knew. Did he? (shrug)

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That does not make me psychic. The people that say they are psychic may not be lying.

The problem is the rest of us have not embraced our Psychic side.
I have seen and heard stories of people that become convinced they know about things they can not possibly know about.

Once in a while I will. When we watch TV we become convinced we know about things that we don't know about.
Is that what Psychics do? I don't. I will get out a deck of cards, shuffle and high card wins.

It is every bit as good as Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock.
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If you don't believe me, I'll pour you another one and do it again. Watch.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby Magnanimous » Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:54 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Yeah I don't have a problem with party magicians and so forth. I'm not going to insist that all illusionists be burned at the stake for witchcraft. I'm not talking about Sigfried and Roy or David Blaine.
The difference is that illusionists specifically tell you it's not magic, because it makes the clever trick that much more impressive.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby CorruptUser » Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:26 am UTC

Some party magicians do tell kids it's magic. But they usually are generally there as entertainers. People like Sylvia Browne are there as parasites; profiting off of people at their most desperate with no return in value. That's also the key argument whenever people bring up doctors as part of those 'profiting off of others misery', in that said profit is a result of providing something of value that happen to be people who need it most. Whereas Sylvia claims to provide something of value but not only doesn't, she often provides something of negative value. For example, if she says 'check this shed' and the police spend a hundred manhours checking an empty shed, she wasted a hundred manhours...

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

Postby addams » Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:36 am UTC

That woman is dead.
Do not speak ill of the dead.

What good does it do, now?

Psychics are like abortions.
If you don't want one then, don't have one.
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