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1601  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What is Obscene? on: December 02, 2008, 04:19:29 PM
I think anything depicting minors will be termed pornography....even cartoons or animation.......

The real question arises with adult material.......
1602  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife lost her job, disability woes, unemployment - I need your advice. on: December 01, 2008, 10:49:22 PM
Not to scare you but it is possible to get the Pox a second time. I think it may depend on the severity of the first case but my wife had it as a child then got it again from our kids. 
1603  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did You Ever Read Mad Magazine? on: December 01, 2008, 10:43:05 PM
In the sixties-early seventies I used to ride my sting ray to the neighborhood market and pick up a copy of Mad magazine every month. It was the South Park of the day.
1604  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So. Why Couldn't the Mumbai Attacks Happen in AnyCity USA/EU? on: December 01, 2008, 09:16:57 PM
How about the fact that it is harder to do here? Asian and European countries are much more ethinically mixed than the US. It is easier for the diehard to blend in.

Also the ego thing. The desire to do it big probably does make it harder to do here.

I am amazed it hasn't been done here in some way.

Of course, how do you top 9-11?
1605  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Go to church..live longer...? on: December 01, 2008, 06:21:25 PM
Got the point. The initial post was sarcastic but aimed at seeing how many religion wackos would respond. Actually few did originally. I did post though based on my frustration with the local news.....
1606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My neighbour sucks at parking on: December 01, 2008, 06:19:04 PM
I have lived in a cul-de-sac for nearly 15 years. Most the neighbors have changed during that time but a few are the same. One that hasn't changed have parked a van on the street and then in their drive way for the entire 15 years. The van has moved maybe three times in that period.

Somebody (not me) called the local police about the van years ago and now the cops show up from time to time just to check on it. There must be a local ordinance against non-moving vehicles. The neighbors (the wife) has taken the whole thing personal and calls the cops on everyone in the neighborhood for any small thing. Musical instrument being played after 10, call the cops. Trailer parked at your house, call the cops. Didn't like your neighbor not willing to pay for fence repair, call the cops. Plants growing over the property line, call the cops.

The worst part of this mess is that I believe the guy who originally called the cops moved out more than 10 years ago, but his legacy lives on.

By the way, the cops think she is a nut but they have to respond to each call.
1607  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Go to church..live longer...? on: December 01, 2008, 05:57:56 PM
If you READ my post you see my complaint is about the idiot newsstation that somehow finds this to be worthy of being on the air..........
1608  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Go to church..live longer...? on: December 01, 2008, 04:58:26 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 28, 2008, 08:03:25 PM

Are we supposed to treat a 10-year old study as some sort of breaking news?

Clearly some people here would prefer that we draw one conclusion from this:  that church attendance increases life expectancy, and that church-going is, in fact, the causal factor.  That conclusion ignores another likely possibility - that non-churchgoers have their life expectancy suppressed by their participation in a society that's pretty well religion-obsessed.  Non-believers are often discriminated against, but it's also just stressful to navigate the boundaries of a culture that nakedly loathes them.

I'd be interested in understanding what conclusions Scuzz/Rowdy would like us non-religious folk to draw from this study.  Because honestly, if this is supposed to make me predisposed towards re-introducing religion into my life, I guess I should go with the Mormons.

Idiot. If you had bothered reading my second post you would have seen......

The main reason I brought this up was because of how annoyingly it was presented by a local TV station. The local early news station does about 3-4 minutes of "health" news every night just before the weather and the sports. The items used in the segment are often things like this. Some researcher reports some strange tidbit of quasi-research about smoking, heart health, pregnancy etc. The station shows the same stock footage of fat people or pregnant women or people smoking and then they move on.

This item caught my attention and I just had to find it on the internet. The article explains nothing. At least from what I could tell. The ideas presented in earlier posts actually do make some sense but are still just guesses.
1609  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How do we make this permanent? on: November 25, 2008, 07:24:40 PM
You gotta wonder who hit her...

Hopefully it heals so that she can't speak properly and can't do TV anymore....

Her boyfriend/Husband/other must be really happy......
1610  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Jury Duty Fail Fail................ on: November 25, 2008, 04:45:10 PM
A local news executive was being interviewed by lawyers for jury duty when he expressed views that not only kept him off the jury but led the judge to dismiss the entire jury panel and then leads to his own job loss...what not to do when serving jury duty...


http://www.fresnobee.com/263/story/1031839.html
1611  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House Loan Advice Needed! on: November 25, 2008, 12:12:52 AM
The interesting thing about home mortgages is that they move around so much. We have never had a home loan that stayed with the original lender. Someone always buys the paper and then you deal with them. Of course, you never have to deal with them in a perfect world, but, who know. Our current loan was bought by Washington Mutual who was just bought out so the loan has switched hands again...
1612  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House Loan Advice Needed! on: November 24, 2008, 09:46:47 PM
The above advice is very good. No ARM's, no interest onlies. Stick to the traditional 30 yr fixed...you can always pay it down faster if you want or can.....Check on fees, they vary from place to place...
1613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 24, 2008, 09:44:48 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 24, 2008, 07:24:31 PM

Saw Wall-E this past weekend. I really enjoyed it, but it doesn't crack my top 5 of Pixar favorites. How about you? Here's the complete List.


1. Toy Story 2
2. Finding Nemo
3. The Incredibles
4. Ratatouille (may even be tied for 3rd)
5. Toy Story
6. Wall E
7. Bugs Life
8. Monsters Inc
9. Cars (ugh. I really despised this one)


Seeing this list I realize my kids grew up in the middle of it. Therefore I have only seen about 1/2 the list.

I would go with...

1. Toy Story
2. The Incredibles
3. Toy Story 2
4. Bug's Life
5. Monsters, Inc.
1614  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So. If the US Hadn't Invaded Iraq... on: November 24, 2008, 06:43:07 PM
We would be frustrated to still be in Afghanistan, but the American people would accept it much better than what has gone on with Iraq.

There would still be saber rattling towards Iraq but with Iran getting the bomb? both Iraq and the US would be looking at them.

Bush would be leaving the presidency dis-liked by the left but still with some respect. McCain may have won the presidency.
1615  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spaceballs the series on: November 24, 2008, 04:54:31 PM
I tried to watch the first episode, but didn't get very far. I thought it sucked.......
1616  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: November 24, 2008, 04:51:38 PM
Having listened to Franken on Radio Free America (or whatever that network is called, as it is no longer broadcast locally) I am amazed that Franken was capable of convincing anyone to vote him.
1617  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 24, 2008, 04:49:29 PM
I have to agree. Christmas is about family and friends and memories attached to them. The gifts and food are good too. I hit the church about every 4-5 years just to please the wife.

Christmas can be enjoyed without the religious angle. I know some people get into the stress of gift giving or over spending but those people would be that way regardless. For the rest of us it is just a good feeling....
1618  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Go to church..live longer...? on: November 24, 2008, 04:45:59 PM
The main reason I brought this up was because of how annoyingly it was presented by a local TV station. The local early news station does about 3-4 minutes of "health" news every night just before the weather and the sports. The items used in the segment are often things like this. Some researcher reports some strange tidbit of quasi-research about smoking, heart health, pregnancy etc. The station shows the same stock footage of fat people or pregnant women or people smoking and then they move on.

This item caught my attention and I just had to find it on the internet. The article explains nothing. At least from what I could tell. The ideas presented in earlier posts actually do make some sense but are still just guesses.
1619  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Go to church..live longer...? on: November 22, 2008, 12:46:39 AM
http://www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter/archives/vol37/vol37n45/articles/HolmesLecture.html

The study examined the effect of church participation on life expectancy and found that the average churchgoer lives seven years longer than a person who does not regularly attend services. In African-Americans, the increase in lifespan is 14 years. Furthermore, Holmes said even longer life expectancies were reported in those who combined volunteer activities with church attendance.

I will see you at church this Sunday........  Roll Eyes

1620  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Turkeys sacrificed as Palin conducts interview on: November 21, 2008, 11:44:31 PM
What about the stupid "BREAKING NEWS" signage as the guy reads......

Gawd I hate the way everything is breaking news now, I bet when newsmen take a dump they yell out "breaking news"..........
1621  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 10:19:11 PM
Granted the media is full of religious idiots who want to tell you how you should think and how you should run your life. But do you have to listen?

How does a religion you don't follow, limit you? How does it prevent you from being the best that you can be? What is it that you would do if but for some religion telling you no. A civil society has rules of behavior that may date back to some religion but today are just accepted as the way you act. An athiest can be just as moral and ethical today as a religious man.

Religious groups going door to door are a pain in the ass but no more so than some kid selling something for her school.

I think you protest too much...........
1622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Civic Literacy Test. on: November 21, 2008, 09:38:53 PM
You answered 27 out of 33 correctly 81.82 %

Average score for this quiz during November: 77.4%
Average score: 77.4%

I am not sure about the validity of a few questions.....
1623  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 09:19:52 PM
I like puppies. Even ugly dogs are cute as puppies........ nod
1624  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 05:53:07 PM
I will grant that religious belief is not required to lead an ethical and moral life.

But I have a question, and I don't know the answer...Is there any society that has developed that doesn't have religion as a vital part of it's fabric?
1625  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [US Prez Election] Who did you vote for in the 2008 US elections? on: November 21, 2008, 05:06:21 PM
It is strange that California can elect a Republican governor but when it comes to national election we haven't gone GOP in a long time....
1626  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 05:03:55 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on November 21, 2008, 04:49:53 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on November 21, 2008, 04:35:10 PM

Wow, people love to generalize on these boards. I don't know how many times I see the word "majority" thrown around without any real knowledge.

Christians are no different than any other group. There are your nice quiet Christians who worship on Sundays and never bother anybody. They follow their God and go about their business just trying to do the best for their families.

The same can be said about any group. Most gays are good people who just want the best for themselves and their families.

It is the fringes, the wacko edges of each group that create all the hulla ballo and then give the "majority" a bad name.

There seems to be a belief on the internet that all chrsitians receive their instructions via prayer every night telling them what they should do. You young ones may not know that when JFK ran for president many people argued that he would be told how to run the country by the pope.

I am not christian, I am not anything. I don't care for religion. But I don't mind Christmas or any other religious holiday.

Really? Every single one of us?

Ale

Notice I didn't say "the majority of people on this board generalize"....

I just said "people"....  icon_wink
1627  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 21, 2008, 04:35:10 PM
Wow, people love to generalize on these boards. I don't know how many times I see the word "majority" thrown around without any real knowledge.

Christians are no different than any other group. There are your nice quiet Christians who worship on Sundays and never bother anybody. They follow their God and go about their business just trying to do the best for their families.

The same can be said about any group. Most gays are good people who just want the best for themselves and their families.

It is the fringes, the wacko edges of each group that create all the hulla ballo and then give the "majority" a bad name.

There seems to be a belief on the internet that all chrsitians receive their instructions via prayer every night telling them what they should do. You young ones may not know that when JFK ran for president many people argued that he would be told how to run the country by the pope.

I am not christian, I am not anything. I don't care for religion. But I don't mind Christmas or any other religious holiday.
1628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wall-E on: November 21, 2008, 12:22:21 AM

Quote from: Tals on July 20, 2008, 05:19:06 PM

As a family we don't watch many 'cinema' films. But Wall-E was getting such rave reviews that I persuaded my wife that the children and I would be better entertained by Wall-E than Mama Mia.

What a bad call, have I missed something when watching this film. I'm usually pretty relaxed on watching films but this pushes boredom to a new level. The wife fell asleep and I struggled at times to remain awake. The story seemed incredibly simple.

What did I miss or have the critic expectations on what to expect from a film just gone through the floor.

Very disappointed frown

Tals


It still has to be better than Mama Mia....................
1629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whiteboyskim v 2.0 HAS GONE GOLD! on: November 21, 2008, 12:21:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 19, 2008, 05:15:28 AM

grats!!!  hopefully this release isn't as buggy as WBS v 1.0 is  Tongue



LOL       nod
1630  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Housing Disaster - Who is to blame? on: November 19, 2008, 10:21:34 PM
I can't vouch for how wide spread this kind of thing was but we had a laborer who worked for us that was constantly trying to change his mortgage in one way or another. All he could get was an ARM and whenever he needed money he was back to the financier. He would deal with guys who were part time mortgage bankers, working regular jobs and then doing that on the side. I can only imagine that he didn't qualify thru regular chanells.....

ps....he is still making his house payments as his last move was to a 30 yr fixed loan and out of the ARMs....
1631  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Housing Disaster - Who is to blame? on: November 19, 2008, 04:41:46 PM
A proper program would offer "many" homewowners behind on their payments a method by which to catch up. The benefit would be to both borrower and lender.

Greed is the cause.......both buyers trying to get more than they can possibly pay for..something for nothing....and the lenders trying to make every dime they could even when they had to know that many of the borrowers could not possibly make the payments over the long term.......
1632  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: November 19, 2008, 04:31:48 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on November 19, 2008, 01:52:23 AM

Well, we're now down to the point that since the rumor has been disproven, we need to make it an issue of "victimization" now.

Getting back on track, there are no known voting improprieties.  There's a recount.  There's a good chance - given MN laws regarding voter intent AND the amount of undervoting in districts that lean Franken versus Coleman - that Franken will win this by a squeaker unless the Supreme Court steps in again and prevents one from happening. 

I think you missed my documentation above that states that a recount probably would go to Coleman based on the stats....
1633  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Laptops for young teens? on: November 19, 2008, 04:29:20 PM
Neither of my daughters game, they just use the internet and software for homework. Also for music storage for their IPods. A basic computer handles these easily.

Oh yeah, we have the desk top in the den set up for wireless....
1634  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here's a stupid question about mutual funds/401Ks on: November 19, 2008, 04:27:16 PM
If you have high credit card debt that you actually want to pay down you are better off doing that now than trying to invest in the market. Just compare interest rate you are paying with what you would/would not earn in the market.....

DJIA and Nasdaq et al are just indicators of the market. Even in a down market some stocks still gain in value and some companies still earn profits. The trick is figuring out which ones and acting on it before everyone else does.....
1635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Laptops for young teens? on: November 18, 2008, 09:30:43 PM
I bought my daughters' laptops from Dell. Best Buy did carry the same computer though, but they had sold out when I went there. We have no problem with either computer. I did however buy your basic laptop and I am not sure how well set up it would be for games.
1636  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: November 18, 2008, 06:23:02 PM

Quote from: cheeba on November 18, 2008, 06:13:42 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 18, 2008, 05:52:59 PM

Don't let Cheeba seduce you into this stupid line of reasoning.
How insulting you are. How sad that you have to be such a person. First, you can't even answer the simple question of how winning a Pulitzer Prize affects bias. Go on. Explain your reasoning. You offered it. Or were you mistaken? You seem to be ignoring your own line of reasoning, was it stupid?

Second, you assume that Scuzz is being "seduced" by me? That's pathetic. Argue against Scuzz and the words he writes dude, don't assume that his mind is somehow poisoned by me in some drama queen bullshit you conjure.

Cheeba, there is something about you. I don't know what it is but I just have to hear more...............................................
1637  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: November 18, 2008, 06:09:45 PM
I think you missed the point of my post regarding the source of news and then not seeing the news de-bunked or exposed. I don't live on the computer. I read some things as they go by me but I don't dig for news.

The info on the missing votes is one of those items I saw originally somewhere (probably a link thru AOL) but I never saw another article explaining the mistakes until you brought it up.

Fact is the internet has made me question everything I read, on both sides. Everything is slanted, even by groups and people who you would think would be above that. All information passes thru the filters of the experience of the reader/dissemenator (sp). Other than math and historical dates few things are solid.

I grew up trusting Walter Cronkite, and Huntly and Brinkly. The idea that they were only giving me what they wanted me to know never crossed my mind. Now, I can't read a local newspaper srticle without thinking the reporter has an angle.

I view personal dis-agreements the same way. We may not agree on politics, and I have no reason to expect to change you or vice-versa. I don't necessarily believe in the same "sources" you would. I don't believe in any sources. I like Factcheck.com but I am sure even they must have leanings.
1638  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: November 18, 2008, 05:46:02 PM
Bias is not limited to non-pulitzer winners. If they can't write a story without trying to degrade soemone in the first sentence why should I assume anything they do is non-biased.

Come-on now. If I gave you a source that used the term "Frankenistas" you wouldn't assume it was biased. And you would probably be right.
1639  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: November 18, 2008, 04:25:46 PM
I got as far as the blog using "Colmanistas" and decided your sources were no less biased than mine.......
1640  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Franken/Coleman - predictions? on: November 18, 2008, 12:16:03 AM
I don't remember where I read about the suddenly appearing votes. You see those things but you never see where someone else later on announces this or that about them.

If someone has announced that the "mystery" votes where proper, a myth or just a mistake I have not read.

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