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Postby sardia » Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:46 pm UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:
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Coyne wrote:All in all, I'm not nearly as concerned about SCOTUS laziness as seems to be the furrowed-brow NYT. I don't always like SCOTUS decisions, but I have found none in recent years that I thought were outright wrong.

Not even Citizens United, which annoys me to no end; or Hobby Lobby on which I think they are waffling a bit, though not outright wrong.


Considering that the entire point of the Constitution is to promote the general welfare of the country, as spelled out in the very first line, I'd say the Supreme Court doesn't understand the Constitution. Or at least what the term "welfare" means.

Also, re-reading the first line I can't help but notice a spelling error; it's supposed to be "ensure", not "insure".
It's really important how scotus is perceived because they have no power over the purse and commands no armies. Scotus power derives from the faith if the people. That's why it's important to maintain the religious like rituals procedures and costuming. When judges set precedent by quoting bad unreviewed sources then we start questioning the quality of the decision. The system of precedents and reasoning is important in restricting the power of scotus. Just like how the judges don't declare decisions by citing I said so judges shouldn't be citing cuz I said so sources

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Postby addams » Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:27 am UTC

Have you lost faith in The System of the US?

I like all the Fancy Clothes the Judges wear.
I think everyone in the Room should be dressed in accordance to what the fuck they are doing there.

The audience?
oh. I don't know.

TuTu's and Clown Wigs?
Disposable ones?

And; Surgical Booties.
It will be Great!

There are a bunch of guys in there wearing Buddhist Orange.

Some wear Blue.
Other's wear Brown.

The attorneys wear Gray from Light to Dark.
They have such Freedom of Expression.

The Boss wears Black.
Wouldn't be nice for the few Extras in the Drama to get a standard dignified Outfit, too?

A Robe.
The Judge has one.

In a perfect world, the two most important people are the defendant and the judge.
They should have outfits that reflect that relationship.

Not Black, of course.
We want to be able to keep the players straight.
What if one of them moves? (get shot?)

What should the Defendants wear?
A Robe.

What color?
Not Orange.
The Buddhists have that color.

After conformation or conviction,
Then you can wear Orange.

What color?
Brown.
Earthy and Helpless?

The Gray of the Attorney, but Classy, somehow.
How can a person make a Gray Robe classy?

The Nuns put a white apron over it.
That's kind of Classy.

A Nice Braded Belt?
oh! oh!

Color coded for Crime.
Just like in the Old Days!

It will be Great!
Crimes of Passion are Red, of course.
Crimes of Money are Green.

What else is there?
It's Christmas in Court, everyday!

yey!
If we have to do it, we may as well have fun with the clothes.

We do not need to constrain ourselves to a barren walk across an endless veil of tears.
We can get dressed up and turn it into a Parade!
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Postby sardia » Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:43 am UTC

Actually, no I haven't. SCOTUS is one of the least bad branch of government. Everything they do is based on precedent and reasoning at a deliberate pace. They aren't flashy, and aren't as beholden to money. While they do make wrong decisions and aren't always the most scrupulous, *cough Thomas* cough, they are cleaner then most other politicians. Those things alone means I respect them far more than any other office.

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Postby addams » Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:17 am UTC

In the US the Justice System and the Political System have gotten entwined.
The Political System seems to be a subsidiary of the National Broadcast System.

Truman warned about the Military Industrial Complex.
Did anyone warn us about Mass Media, generator of NightMares and Dreams?

Yes.
I do remember the warnings.

I don't remember names very well.
We were warned.

We payed some attention for a while.
During the 1980's we decided, in our wisdom, to remove constraints.

Freedom is the Name of the Game.
Constraint on Freedom must be removed at all cost.

It was the nineteen eighties.
We had a National Conversation over a 700 dollar toilet seat.

Here we are, all these many years later.
xkdc forum might have an international conversation about a 700 dollar toilet seat.

Why?
Because Speck might want one.
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Postby Thesh » Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:06 pm UTC

Researches unable to classify animal into an existing phylum, proving once again that Darwin was wrong:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29054889
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Postby ahammel » Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:26 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:Researches unable to classify animal into an existing phylum, proving once again that Darwin was wrong:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29054889

Nice to see taxonomy in the news, but be warned that the BBC article is mostly total nonsense. What the paper actually says it's that they can't tell whether the animal should be classified with the comb jellies or the jellyfish or sister to both. This is because a) they've only got two samples both picked, and b) it's not really clear how the jellies are related to other basal metazoans.

Neat critter, though.
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Postby addams » Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:39 am UTC

ahammel wrote:
Thesh wrote:Researches unable to classify animal into an existing phylum, proving once again that Darwin was wrong:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29054889

Nice to see taxonomy in the news, but be warned that the BBC article is mostly total nonsense. What the paper actuator says it's that they can't tell whether the animal should be classified with the comb jellies or the jellyfish or sister to both. This is because a) they've only got two samples both picked, and b) it's not really clear how the jellies are related to other basal metazoan.

Neat critter, though.

Thank you.
That is funny news.

The original samples were first preserved in formaldehyde and later transferred to 80% alcohol,

I laughed.
Do you know what formaldehyde and alcohol do to tissue?

Yeah.
Me, too.

Alcohol can be pretty good.
I don't know why.

Don't Shake It!
But formaldehyde?

Hey! What do I know?
If someone handed me a jar and said, "What is it?"

Formaldehyde and alcohol......hummm...
Sure. It's a Jelly.
Not like any Jelly we have ever seen, before.

That's because no one ever did that to a Jelly, before.

ok. ok. I can hear the experts defending their position.
What choice did they have?

Flash Freezing?
That tends to be tough on tissue, too.

Remember the stupid Blob Fish?
The story I heard was, "We destroyed it by bringing it to The Surface."

Then I was told, "No. They really are That ugly."
It's enough to give a person Pause for Thought.

Ugly does not Kill.
Sometimes it doesn't even Hurt.

What ever those thing were, they are dead, now.
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Postby Coyne » Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:38 am UTC

Ahhhhhh...!! It's raining spiders!!!

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Footage posted online yesterday shows thousands of spiders "falling from the sky" in the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.

A local biologist identified the spider as Anelosimus eximius — a "social spider" species known for its massive colonies and "sheet webs."
In all fairness...

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Postby Thesh » Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:25 am UTC

Summum ius, summa iniuria.

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Postby Djehutynakht » Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:10 am UTC

Thesh wrote:https://xkcd.com/1415/

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I prefer http://xkcd.com/427/
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China offering cash incentives, subsidies, for interethnic marriages

Not necessarily funny, but interesting, and "other".

I'm wondering how people take this?

Brilliant plan to promote integration and peace? Devious plot to get a firmer hold on China's troublesome ethnic minorities? With the Chinese government, who knows?

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Postby eSOANEM » Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:59 am UTC

There've been de facto incentives for Han Chinese people to marry minorities for a long time because marriages involving a member of an ethnic minority are exempt from the fines of the one child policy.

Of course, seeing as lots of groups are, primarily, endogamous (particularly the more distinct groups such as the Uyghurs), this just leads to minority groups getting bigger. Seems to me Beijing's nervous of this and is more comfortable with a growing part-Han group than with growing minority groups.
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Postby addams » Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:10 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:
China offering cash incentives, subsidies, for interethnic marriages

Not necessarily funny, but interesting, and "other".

I'm wondering how people take this?

Brilliant plan to promote integration and peace? Devious plot to get a firmer hold on China's troublesome ethnic minorities? With the Chinese government, who knows?

I find it Fascinating.
I liked the Official Statement.
"Ethnic groups are different only in that we have different languages and different customs, but we have the same blue sky above our heads, the same fertile ground beneath our feet, and the same love in our hearts!" Yasen Nasi'er, deputy secretary of the Qiongkule township Communist party committee, told journalists during the announcement on 25 August. "I believe that intermarriage between ethnic groups is a foundation of Chinese culture, and will strengthen the concrete expression of exchange, association, and mingling of all ethnic groups."


Of course, those people are Chinese.
All of 'em.

Just like all Europeans are Europeans.
There are Italian ones and there are Swedish ones.
Some other flavors, as well.

They can tell the difference at a Glance.
We can't.

That is like being ok with a Dutch and a German Intermarriage.
"Oh, God", the UpTighty Whities complain, "What will they teach The Children?"

Both.
Just like The Dutch do.

I think it is a very nice move on the part of The Party.
Have you ever wondered about how Humans stay so darned Ethnically Pure?

Well....I saw an example that left me thinking.
I am not sure I am done thinking about it.

In Mexico, there are Indians.
In one, one hundred mile area, there were Indians that were as different from one another as Chinese people are from The French.

How?
One group has papers that go back 500 years.

The papers go back to one of the first Spanish Missions, or something.
There is No Law against those people getting together with other Indians.

They, just, don't.
Some of those people are....not surprising at all...
Once a person gets used to the idea.

I hope the marriages are good ones.
If both the State and the Family support the Marriage,
It might work.

From what I understand, All Marriages are running a 50% chance of success.
Misunderstandings are rated at greater than 100%.

A marriage misunderstanding often has collateral damage.
Have you ever known any Uighurs?

I have!
I have!

I have a sample size of One!
Cute as a bug's ear, too.

Looked, like a Mix of Chinese and ...
White of some kind, maybe.

She knew she looked more Chinese than I do.
She got her feathers a little ruffled.

She did not think she looked like Chinese, at all.
To be fair, American Indians from the West Coast look more Chinese than she did.
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Postby krogoth » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:11 am UTC

"We do have a lot in common. The same Earth, the same air, the same sky. Maybe if we started looking at what's the same instead of what's different... well, who knows." -Meowth
R3sistance - I don't care at all for the ignorance spreading done by many and to the best of my abilities I try to correct this as much as I can, but I know and understand that even I can not be completely honest, truthful and factual all of the time.

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Postby sardia » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:48 pm UTC

krogoth wrote:"We do have a lot in common. The same Earth, the same air, the same sky. Maybe if we started looking at what's the same instead of what's different... well, who knows." -Meowth

Did you just quote Pokemon ?? Are you secretly Herman Caine?

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Postby addams » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:56 pm UTC

krogoth wrote:"We do have a lot in common. The same Earth, the same air, the same sky.
Maybe if we started looking at what's the same instead of what's different... well, who knows." -Meowth

Who knows? in deed.
That is beautiful.

Are those your Mother's Eyes?
How different they are from mine.

We don't have much in common.
Do we?
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Postby krogoth » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:42 pm UTC

If we start from the point we are the same, at the very least the burden of proof is on those who claim difference?
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Postby addams » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:27 pm UTC

krogoth wrote:If we start from the point we are the same, at the very least the burden of proof is on those who claim difference?

If done correctly, we can take great joy in our differences.

It's fun to compare Skin and Legs and Stuff.
That's not funny news.

That is mundane and everyday.
No surprises There.

It is not until we begin to talk that our Real Differences become apparent.
You like, "What??"
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Postby krogoth » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:56 pm UTC

If done correctly, we can take great joy in our differences.

Nuff said?
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Postby Sean Quixote » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:39 pm UTC

Texas Zoo: Man cannot volunteer, help with animals wrote:Director says man's illegal possession of alligator challenges zoo's principles




The Texas Zoo doesn't want a man accused of illegally possessing an alligator anywhere near its animals.
[name redacted], 29, was to volunteer at the zoo after he accepted a plea deal for the Class C misdemeanor Thursday.
The state agreed to dismiss his case in 90 days if he doesn't violate any more Texas Parks and Wildlife regulations and completes 20 hours of community service with the Texas Zoo.
The nonprofit's director was not aware of the arrangement until reading about it on Friday.
She was worried about how animal activists might perceive the zoo if the man was to volunteer.

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Postby Djehutynakht » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:54 pm UTC

Well I suppose the point of the matter is "Since he was causing (potential) harm via an animal (I'm not sure whether "illegal possession" was harmful to the alligator, or simply to all the humans around him) he should make up by serving animals/the public in a way involving animals.

Which should be fine. I mean, there are plenty of ways to have this guy volunteer at a zoo without actually being in charge of an animal. Sweep, clean, paint... reorganize empty exhibits...

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Postby addams » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:52 pm UTC

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/se ... l?mode=jqm
Is that the link that goes with the story?

Where animals and humans mix there is often Laughter.
Even at the Funerals. Animals can be dangerous.
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Postby LaserGuy » Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:49 pm UTC

It seems reasonable that the zoo should have been consulted before having someone assigned to them for community service, however.

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Postby johnny_7713 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:28 am UTC

LaserGuy wrote:It seems reasonable that the zoo should have been consulted before having someone assigned to them for community service, however.


I'm guessing that you can't just suddenly get someone assigned to do community service with you though. Instead I'd imagine there is a pre-existing agreement that the zoo will take X people per time period to do community service at the zoo and usually they don't discuss which specific people who have been sentenced will get sent to the zoo. At least that's how I'd set up such a system.

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Postby PolakoVoador » Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:20 pm UTC

Coyne wrote:Ahhhhhh...!! It's raining spiders!!!

Spoiler:
Footage posted online yesterday shows thousands of spiders "falling from the sky" in the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.

A local biologist identified the spider as Anelosimus eximius — a "social spider" species known for its massive colonies and "sheet webs."


"Yesterday" here means February, 2013.

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Postby addams » Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:36 pm UTC

PolakoVoador wrote:
Coyne wrote:Ahhhhhh...!! It's raining spiders!!!

Spoiler:
Footage posted online yesterday shows thousands of spiders "falling from the sky" in the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.

A local biologist identified the spider as Anelosimus eximius — a "social spider" species known for its massive colonies and "sheet webs."


"Yesterday" here means February, 2013.

Can you arrange to have Spider Day every year?
We have a Clip as proof.

We can play the Clip every year and collectively do the 'He-Be Gee-Bees'.
The next day, Valentine's Day will be favored with Spiders.

It's an ok idea, I suppose.
In the North we have Halloween.

Hslloween happens at very Spidery time of year, for us.
I think it flavors Guy Fox Day.

Another Spider Day can't hurt us.
It brings us together in a strange kind of helplessness.

We can Attack the Natural World.
We can't Beat it.
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Postby Coyne » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:06 am UTC

According to Risks Digest, Squirrels are no performing coordinated attacks on our network infrastructure. This story, and the original story (Squirrel Took a Mega Bite at Living in the News) described how, on August 8, 2013, squirrels interrupted all internet service to a "120-mile strip of western Idaho, from Horseshoe Bend to Whitebird".

Spoiler:
At our summer place in the central Idaho mountains, a little after 9:00 a.m. on August 8, 2014, Internet service on our Frontiernet DSL line went dead. A couple of pings established that the DSL line was OK and the central office was still alive. Our next-door neighbor knocked on the door and asked if we had Internet service, since hers was out, too. I grabbed my iPad, which has Internet service on AT&T Mobile, and found that it was incommunicado. The neighbor checked her iPhone, which has Internet service on Verizon Wireless, and it was dead, too. Then a second neighbor came by and asked why her cable TV just went dark.

A local hamburger joint put up a sign saying "cash only", since they couldn't authenticate credit cards or validate checks, and the nearby hospital reverted to paper procedures, since the dedicated circuit to their main office 100 miles to the south was out. Then, around 5 p.m., communication services started working again.

Syringa Networks, the regional ISP that links Internet points of presence and provides commercial communication services for this area, said that a squirrel had gnawed through a fiber-optic cable in Weiser, Idaho. By itself that should have caused only momentary trouble, since Syringa backs up that cable, running up the Weiser river valley, with a second fiber-optic link running up the Payette river valley, 20 miles to the east. But, according to Syringa, a second squirrel chewed through the Payette river valley fiber-optic cable near Hidden Springs, Idaho. The result was that a 120-mile strip of western Idaho, from Horseshoe Bend to Whitebird, nestled between Hells Canyon and the central Idaho mountains, was cut off from the world. Internet service, cable TV service, and dedicated communication lines were all out of service. Interestingly, landline POTS seemed not to be affected, probably because those services are still using old-fashioned microwave relay towers rather than chewable fiber links.


I wonder what communication technology the squirrels used to coordinate those attacks. Obviously they weren't using the internet.
In all fairness...

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Postby addams » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:15 am UTC

Very nice.
We can out think them.
They will 'Get' us, anyway.

Did I ever tell you about the Squirrel that caused the Transformer outside an upstairs bedroom to Explode?
The Squirrel did not survive that Mission.
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Postby CorruptUser » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:01 pm UTC

Put a NSFW warning on that...

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Postby Xenomortis » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:29 pm UTC

Is that serious or in jest?
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Postby Wnderer » Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:06 pm UTC

The South Dakota National Guard is helping build a polar bear enclosure in Scotland.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-h ... s-29207898

A female polar bear is expected to be brought to a Scottish zoo next spring as a mate for one of the site's two males.

Sixty Army personnel have started work on a new enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig, near Aviemore, for the female.

The park's bears Walker and Arktos share an enclosure.

Arktos, the older of the two males, is most likely to be the mate for the new bear.

Engineers from the British Army's 71 Engineer Regiment and a contingent from the South Dakota National Guard have started work on the building of the enclosure.

Douglas Richardson, animals collection manager for the Highland Wildlife Park, said a female should be at the park early next year.

He said: "It is still to be agreed exactly which female will arrive in the Highlands, but we hope to have confirmation shortly.

"The female will remain separate from the males, as she would in the wild, and during the breeding season we will introduce her to one of our males - likely Arktos to start with as he is the older of our boys.

"The two will spend some time together and we hope nature will take its course."

Mr Richardson said: "The last time polar bear cubs were born and reared in the UK was in 1992."



Military cooperation on polar bears. I think NATO commanders have been playing Dwarf Fortress.

Edit: South Dakota National Guard Battalion Receives Army Award for Maintenance Excellence

SouthDakota National Guard Battalion Awarded Readiness Award

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Enormous structure uncovered in Israel. It appears to be crescent shaped, 150m long and 20m wide, and it has been dug out to a depth of 7m. The object is estimated to have been made between 3000 and 2600 BCE, ranking it among the world's oldest surviving structures.

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Postby bigglesworth » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:31 pm UTC

Countdown until a mufti somewhere uses it as an argument in the IP debate.
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Postby CorruptUser » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:33 pm UTC

That thread is locked, so...

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Postby Adacore » Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:32 pm UTC

Xenomortis wrote:Is that serious or in jest?

It's really their uniform. The middle section is beige fabric, but it has to be an intentional design decision to make it seem like their genitals are on display. I think it seems like a combination of shock value (which certainly worked, it's been shared all over) and objectification, so I don't approve, personally. It does seem to have highlighted the general sexism/wage discrepancy in womens cycling, which is potentially a positive side effect, though.

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Postby Thesh » Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:42 am UTC

Maybe they ran out of blue dye.
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Postby Angua » Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:54 pm UTC

This is under the etc - it's not really humorous, but don't think it's enough for it's own thread.

I don't understand why gay marriages would be easier to do as sham marriages than straight marriages. Do they think gay people don't have as much in the way of photos and evidence? Do they think gay marriages are more likely to break down? Or is it just that gay marriages are "icky" so don't get as much scrutiny?

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-29223041
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Postby mousewiz » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:06 pm UTC

Angua wrote:This is under the etc - it's not really humorous, but don't think it's enough for it's own thread.

I don't understand why gay marriages would be easier to do as sham marriages than straight marriages. Do they think gay people don't have as much in the way of photos and evidence? Do they think gay marriages are more likely to break down? Or is it just that gay marriages are "icky" so don't get as much scrutiny?

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-29223041

This seems to suggest it's basically the icky factor (and/or trying too hard to be PC, and/or not being familiar enough with gay couples to read body language).

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Postby Mutex » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:08 pm UTC

Angua wrote:Or is it just that gay marriages are "icky" so don't get as much scrutiny?


I think it's this. I watched the video and the only clue was when one of the gang members said something to the effect of "you say you're gay, no more questions."

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Postby addams » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:34 pm UTC

ok. That's funny.
Good one.

If you could Say, "Hey! I'm White." and the Police would believe you,
Would you?

I am fairly certain, I would.
Gay? OK!

Such a white lie.
Such a simple and easy lie.

Really...
How are they going to check?

Watch?
Watch, what?

Lesbian has Got to be so much easier than Gay.
Loads of women are all over each other.

It's expected.
It's natural within the culture.

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