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Jul 31, 2013
 
Matilda77 wrote:
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That actually looks pretty interesting. Might check it out.
Shh...don't tell anyone, but book clubs are created for the same reason bunco groups are...to get 30+ year old women, usually young moms, out of the house regularly. The actual book doesn't matter. Bunco doesn't matter. It's an excuse, if you will, for women who either won't give themselves a break OR, in a couple cases, unfortunately, their husbands won't.
And here I thought it was a way to drink a lot of wine and gossip.

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This was big news back when it first broke -- Feb. 2012 -- but I think that's because Target's HQ is here, so Target is in our news quite a lot, especially the business management angle.
"What Target discovered fairly quickly is that it creeped people out that the company knew about their pregnancies in advance."
When you call various businesses/utilities, you may be asked for your name, home phone, and other info, but invariably, they already have all that info right in front of them, and they are asking for it from you for two reasons:(1) they want to verify that it's YOU, and (2) customers had been freaking out when they didn't have to provide any of it, that they were told "Oh, I have that info already right here on my screen."
I could see that. I called a place one time and asked for my phone number -- I asked "Don't you have it on your screen?" She said no. Maybe she did and she had to play along.

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I could see that. I called a place one time and asked for my phone number -- I asked "Don't you have it on your screen?" She said no. Maybe she did and she had to play along.
That's right -- I even had a customer service person tell me that's what they were doing (I'd heard about this and asked).

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Jul 31, 2013
 
Thanks everyone for the kind words about the guinea pig. We're doing better day by day; it helps that the kids have camp all day - very distracting.

I spent yesterday at my mom's, trying to get all her stuff in boxes so they can be safely packed in PODS for a month. Only came home with half a trunk-load full of stuff. I have to go back on Sunday to pick up the dresser, which will take up the whole back of our Traverse. Luckily, that is the only piece of furniture that is being foisted on me. Actually, it's really pretty and it's been in the family quite a while, and I think Lulu is going to use and take good care of it, so I don't *really* mind. It's more the hassle of getting to my abode that's irritating me.

Just glad she found a townhouse that has ceilings high enough to accomodate the 10' grandfather clock. Our apartment could take it, but I REALLY didn't want to have to deal with that just yet.

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Jul 31, 2013
 
Matilda: A site for those raised Seventh-Day Adventist. I thought with your fundie background, you might "get" some of this more than I did.

http://stfu-sda-fundies.tumblr.com/page/2

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Jul 31, 2013
 
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Happy Hump Day!
Hehe you said "hump."

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Jul 31, 2013
 
RACE wrote:
Yeah, that whole freedom of speech and unlawful search really makes a cops job tough. Hey! Maybe if they dont like people expressing their opinions, they should get another job?
I aint saying a cop should put up with being spit on, but I see too many times where a person gets pummeled by the cops because he wont shut up, and that is wrong. Sticks and stones man.
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I'm pretty sure I read about a SCOTUS case a few years back where they ruled that cops can't harass/arrest someone for saying whatever they want to say...because...free speech and stuff. Spitting however, is assault, so yeah.

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I'm pretty sure I read about a SCOTUS case a few years back where they ruled that cops can't harass/arrest someone for saying whatever they want to say...because...free speech and stuff. Spitting however, is assault, so yeah.
There's a lot of good cops out there. However, there are tons of bad cops out there. There really are. This is a long article, but an interesting one about police abuse of power. http://www.alternet.org/story/151806/15_years...

When we lived in a different area, my son used to complain to me that he would be walking downthe street and police would stop him and search him. He did have anything, but it was annoying and made you feel you were being watched all the time. I thought he was exaggerating. Then one day I got off the bus after work. It was dark (late fall) and I had a jacket on, pair of dark pants nad a hood -- I had forgotten my umbrella and there was a light rain.

A cop stopped me but was stunned when I turned. It was obvious he had thought I was a teen (I'm short). He made a stupid excuse saying someone called about someone suspicious -- and he wasn't making sense. I then realized my son was right -- they were harrassing all the young kids.

I don't think it's too much to ask for to play by the rules. Sure it might be easier for the cops just to take away people's rights and let them go after the bad guys.

Sometimes, though, it's the cops wants to get their quota, numbers or a promotion and has nothing to do with the cops getting the bad guys but are stepping all over people's rights.

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Jul 31, 2013
 
That should be "He DIDN'T have anything on him, but it was annoying..."

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Happy Hump Day!
Since I read this earlier, I keep hearing the camel from the Geico commercial:

C'mon Dave! I know you can hear me! What day is it?

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Jul 31, 2013
 
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And here I thought it was a way to drink a lot of wine and gossip.
That, too. But you have to have that cover story.

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Jul 31, 2013
 
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Matilda: A site for those raised Seventh-Day Adventist. I thought with your fundie background, you might "get" some of this more than I did.
http://stfu-sda-fundies.tumblr.com/page/2
I don't know much about SDAs, but yeah, some of those are universal with the overly religious.

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#88914
Jul 31, 2013
 
I read a story about cops arresting a 14 yr old kid for looking at them the wrong way.

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Mimi Seattle wrote:
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I'm pretty sure I read about a SCOTUS case a few years back where they ruled that cops can't harass/arrest someone for saying whatever they want to say...because...free speech and stuff. Spitting however, is assault, so yeah.

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Jul 31, 2013
 
Here it is, chocked the crap outta him too!
Mimi Seattle wrote:
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I'm pretty sure I read about a SCOTUS case a few years back where they ruled that cops can't harass/arrest someone for saying whatever they want to say...because...free speech and stuff. Spitting however, is assault, so yeah.

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That's right -- I even had a customer service person tell me that's what they were doing (I'd heard about this and asked).
When I worked in the inbound call center, most of the time, I had the person's info up right after they told me their name, presuming I spelled it halfway right. Asking the address was just to verify, and asking a phone number was just in case we got disconnected. A lot of the time, while they were verifying stuff, I was jotting down notes about why they called in the first place.

Like, they'd say "My name is Bob Smith and blah blah blah diarrhea of the mouth story with lots of details." So I'd say "Ok, Mr. Smith can I ask you to verify your address?" while I typed all that stuff down.

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“if you clench your fist that’s a sign of aggression, we have the ability to defuse that situation and redirect you in order to defuse the situation,” with “redirect” referring to forcing the teen onto the ground.

What a load of crap! If Im 300 ft away and I clench my fists, a cop has the right to tazer me?

“It made sense at the time....”

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This was big news back when it first broke -- Feb. 2012 -- but I think that's because Target's HQ is here, so Target is in our news quite a lot, especially the business management angle.
"What Target discovered fairly quickly is that it creeped people out that the company knew about their pregnancies in advance."
When you call various businesses/utilities, you may be asked for your name, home phone, and other info, but invariably, they already have all that info right in front of them, and they are asking for it from you for two reasons:(1) they want to verify that it's YOU, and (2) customers had been freaking out when they didn't have to provide any of it, that they were told "Oh, I have that info already right here on my screen."
we were visiting my brotehr in germany when the story broke... i have the image in my mind of reading it on SIL's iPad in their kitchen...

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Jul 31, 2013
 
Race: Ouch!

DECATUR, Ala.—Authorities say a north Alabama man died on the Tennessee
River when the bass boat he was riding in struck a low-hanging wire near a
Tennessee Valley Authority power plant, nearly decapitating him.
Officials say crews were performing work on the line near TVA's Browns
Ferry Nuclear Plant.
A TVA statement called Wednesday's accident "unusual and unfortunate" and
said the federal utility was investigating what happened.
Killed was 65-year-old Anthony Szozda. Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn
says Szozda was a passenger in a boat that was participating in a fishing
tournament.
Police say the boat was traveling about 70 mph at the time of the accident,
about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The driver of the boat wasn't injured.

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Jul 31, 2013
 
Guy here at work, in his 60s, has great stories from growing up here and from his time in Viet Nam. Here's one from his HS years:

Bob's story: He grew up on one of the lakes here in town, and one summer day he and his friends were out on the lake boating and some new water ski/ski jumping club put in a ramp and told them they had to get off the lake so the skiiers could practice. Bob and his friends refused to leave (they weren't doing anything wrong). So the skiiers went and got the cops -- Ramsey county deputies showed up and told bob and his
friends they had to stay off the lake when the skiiers wanted it.(absolutely not a legitimate request -- the lake is open to everybody.)

So the next weekend when there was a ski show, bob and his buddies went out in the dark the night before and covered the ski ramp with varnish then
sprinkled sand all over the wet varnish.

THen the next day, the all got in the fishing boat and sat under the 694 bridge to watch. The ski group had a guy go out to hook up the hose and water pump to keep the ramp wet but he never looked at the actual ramp.

The first skiier to do the ramp, his skis just sort of came to a stop before they could comlete the jump, and the jumper left his skis and went
flying into the water. Bob said that after that, the ski group didn't mess with them, and bob and his friends tried to give the skiers more room when they were on the lake. A peaceful co-existence.

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#88922
Jul 31, 2013
 
Yikes, a Clinton-Lewinsky sex tape is being released this week.

"According to Radar, the former White House intern told Clinton she was “too cute and adorable” to be ignored. Clinton’s voice is not heard.

“I could take my clothes off and start…well…I know you wouldn’t enjoy that? I hope to see you later and I hope you will follow my script and do what I want,” Lewinsky reportedly said in the recording."

Well, there goes my theory that the authoritarian figure took advantage of her naivete.

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