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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Teabagging fascists in TN move to nullify federal ban on hemp produciton on: April 19, 2014, 07:40:19 pm
I thought the hemp ban was overturned in the latest farm bill?

While full-scale production of the plant is still banned under federal law, a small section deep inside the almost 1000-page Farm Bill, signed into law by President Obama in February authorizes it to be grown under certain circumstances for research purposes. It is unclear if Tennessee intends to move ahead with full-scale production immediately.

Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/business/business/tennessee-lawmakers-seek-to-nullify-federal-hemp-ban/article/381515#ixzz2zNmTuvvk

Related: The South Carolina State Senate voted 42-0 to nullify the federal hemp ban just last month.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The KC shooter has a website, was a NC gubernatorial candidate in 1984 on: April 19, 2014, 07:25:52 pm
Surely this maniac would rather shoot us than sue us?

Don't you dare drag common sense into this.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Some Thread Hijacked By A Copyright Discussion on: April 18, 2014, 11:12:42 pm
I do not agree that a written piece of this length (especially one clearly created for wide, free distribution without any commercial intent or value) is a more substantial work than reprinting a single photograph. And I do believe this is transformative under the same copyright standard.

The fact this particular author is an immoral scumbag does not change the fact that he has a moral right to control the use of his work.

The United States legal system is certainly not one that respects the moral rights of political manifesto writers.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you able to boil pasta? on: April 18, 2014, 10:21:45 pm
Why yes, and I did so tonight. Here's the simple dish I prepared if anyone else would like to know.

muon's farfalle pomodoro

Start a pot of water to boil.
Chop 1 ripe tomato into small pieces (think bruscetta size) and use a second if you want more flavor.
Chop 6 basil leaves and mince 1 clove of garlic.
Add 1 lb of farfalle (bow tie) pasta and a teaspoon of salt to the boiling water and stir to loosen the pasta.
Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a small pan.
Add the minced garlic and black pepper to the hot oil then stir for about a minute.
Stir the farfalle again to keep it loose.
Add the chopped tomatoes and basil to the hot oil and stir for two minutes, then turn off the heat.
Grate a half cup of parmesan cheese.
Stir the farfalle again, and after 12 minutes (Chicago altitude) remove from the heat.
Drain the pasta and return to the pan.
Add the tomato mix to the pasta and stir with additional salt to taste.
Stir in the grated cheese and serve.

That sounds delightful. I might give that a try with whole wheat pasta.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XIV: The new chapter on: April 18, 2014, 10:15:12 pm
But hey, congratulations on your new job, Bushie! Take it seriously, and this can be the start of a new life as a responsible adult male who can actually provide for a family.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XIV: The new chapter on: April 18, 2014, 10:09:25 pm
The problem with the Biggest Loser is the people who are struggling are the ones who get kicked off. They probably go right back to being lazy and fat.

They should keep everyone on the show for the full season, and maybe make the worst weight-losers stay even longer.

Based on my (limited) understanding of the show, those who are kicked off continue to receive counseling (but on, obviously, a less intense basis) and encouraged to continue their weight loss with the help of sponsors like Planet Fitness. The show offers a significant, additional prize to anyone kicked off the show who can best the winner of the show in total weight loss percentage. It's part of the motivation to have everyone looking good at the finale episode.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The KC shooter has a website, was a NC gubernatorial candidate in 1984 on: April 18, 2014, 09:43:31 pm
I would suggest that Dhillon v. Doe shows that reprinting the manifesto here is -- with legal precedent -- fair use.

8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of marijuana edibles on: April 18, 2014, 09:35:59 pm
Consuming marijuana through edibles is about the safest way to do so in terms of mitigating long-term health risks. Commercially available edibles should be highly FDA regulated and tested once the blanket national ban is lifted, with specific instructions given on the packaging for their use. They're delivering a medicine, after all.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XIV: The new chapter on: April 18, 2014, 06:05:28 am
Bushie, seriously, why don't you want to go to a weight loss retreat camp? This is impossible to lose pounds by himself and this camp would definitrly help you.
Why don't you answer me?

Sorry, I was getting a shower for the job fair today.

I would love to go on the Biggest Loser Reality TV show.  I think it would do me a lot of good.  I don't know if I could stop my life for that long.

Do it. Bushie, you'd be a superstar!

As exploitative as reality TV can be, the mere existence of this thread suggests Bushie is clearly eager to be exploited. And, you know, they sometimes actually help people cut through their BS and motivational problems on that show.

Further, being a professional attention whore is pretty much the only job I'm convinced Bushie is capable of holding down on a long-term basis. Pyramid schemes, J.J. (RIP), Nigeria and CAD may come and go, but Update is here to stay.

The disastrous state of Bushie's life seems to have genuine value to people. If he can somehow turn that into actual money, then good for him. It's far more likely to work than any of his past ideas.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Keep on digging, Louisiana. Keep on digging. on: April 18, 2014, 05:51:41 am
I think Indiana should have a state McDonald's order.

"The 'Number 2,' as created by our lord Jesus Christ"
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Teabagging fascists in TN move to nullify federal ban on hemp produciton on: April 18, 2014, 12:17:46 am
I know that hemp protein can be sold in this country (at Whole Foods, natch), but it can't be grown in this country. Such a bizarre prohibition.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 7 Million people sign up for insurance plans via state/federal exchanges (!) on: April 18, 2014, 12:15:14 am
I'm happy to say that I'm part of that 8 million, as are a handful of my now-insured freelancer friends.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your hair dresser on: April 17, 2014, 06:22:15 pm
There's an absolutely phenomenal woman who cuts my hair in Studio City. She finishes with a razor, and give you a nice shoulder massage at the end. I used to get my hair cut every 4-5 weeks, now I do it every 3.

Runs $30 with tip.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How can I get cash? on: April 17, 2014, 06:18:27 pm
time to make the cash call

1980s sitcom stars are waiting by the phone, ready to process your high-interest loan
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The KC shooter has a website, was a NC gubernatorial candidate in 1984 on: April 17, 2014, 03:25:29 pm
Good call on the edit, Ernest.  We don't want the jailed mass murderer to call Dave on copyright infringement.
Copyright is copyright.  Tho to be fair, I wasn't the one to report it.  Still, copyright shouldn't be reserved for the rich, or the powerful, or the sane.

How would this not easily fall under Fair Use? This was a political candidate for statewide office who wrote a manifesto intended for wide, free non-commercial distribution. Reproducing his text does not cause any damages or financial loss to him.

Wouldn't you assume that his intent here is to maximize the distribution of the ideas he presented, and that he would want this information widely disseminated? Does it make any logical sense that anyone would, never mind could, sue over this?
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Aggregate Demand on: April 15, 2014, 08:03:28 pm
You all just aren't smart enough to understand how he's always correct. He just is.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: The 8th Oklahoma State Legislature on: April 14, 2014, 11:16:53 pm
IIRC, the 1920s were a time when many legislatures in the country saw lopsided (temporary) Republican majorities. I think the New Jersey legislature got shaved down to 2 or 3 Democrats total around the same time this happened in OK.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Welcome to Las Vegas, Hillary! Here, have a shoe thrown at you. on: April 12, 2014, 08:58:43 pm
It turns out the shoe-thrower is just ill, rather than political.

Alison Ernst, 36, of Phoenix, was identified Friday as the sneaker-tossing kook who targeted the former First Lady one day earlier during a speech at a Las Vegas casino.

And Colorado officials confirmed she was the loopy lady escorted from the courtroom after a bizarre — and bald-headed — outburst during an August 2012 court hearing for Holmes.


 Twenty months earlier, she arrived in a Colorado courtroom with her head shaved while wearing a red dress before declaring she held evidence “vital to the defense of James Holmes.” Two deputies quickly escorted her outside.

The Arizona woman later filed an off-the-wall lawsuit detailing her devotion to Holmes, who was accused of killing 12 people and wounding another 70 in an Aurora movie theater.

 “James enters my head like Dennis Quaid in ‘Innerspace’ and he zooms to my heart and plays with it and forces me to care for him,” read the rambling federal court document. “I seek a restraining order to stop Holmes from entering my mind through subliminal messaging and causing me to be obsessed with him on a daily basis.”

Props to the NY Daily News for describing someone with an apparent psychiatric illness as "loopy", "kook", "erratic" and "nutjob" all in the same article.  Journalism is fun!

19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Federal government surrenders to armed right wing militia in Nevada on: April 12, 2014, 08:36:26 pm
I've seen this on Facebook quite a bit and was surprised a thread hadn't popped up earlier, although perhaps it hasn't been as big of a story as the crazies have made it out to be.  There's quite a bit of back-and-forth, and it's hard to understand who all is emphasizing things on their side to skew the story, but from what I've read, Clive is pretty clearly in the wrong.

Based on the way Facebook's News Feed algorithms work, this is a story that only a Republican would wind up seeing.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate Blocks Pay Equity Bill, 53-44 on: April 12, 2014, 08:33:21 pm
It's pretty common for company policies to forbid this. My employer does.

It's very commonly written into contracts, but it's not legally enforceable in most situations.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will the 2020 Census be the next Healthcare.gov ? on: April 12, 2014, 07:35:59 pm
The size of the population and the area of the country does not really matter here.

It really does, because American census takers are required to hunt down, in person, those who do not respond to the census. That's not easy when you've got areas like Alaska, large swaths of mountains, desert, unincorporated land and tribal lands. Finding and counting 600K+ homeless people isn't easy, either.

If having a census website improves the 72% return rate we had last go around, I'm all for it. There's plenty of time to design a site and get it right, especially considering how little data is collected from most people.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate Blocks Pay Equity Bill, 53-44 on: April 12, 2014, 07:20:38 pm
What does the act purport to do?

"The bill seeks to give female workers new tools to combat pay discrimination by allowing workers to compare salaries without threat of employer retaliation, requiring companies to explain pay disparities and permitting those who claim discrimination to seek monetary damages."
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Dropbox facing boycotts after naming Condolezza Rice to Board of Directors on: April 12, 2014, 07:04:18 am
Who would boycott Dropbox over this?  That's silly.  They provide a useful service and Condi Rice isn't really relevant to what they do as a member of the board.

Look, it's one thing that's she's a crazy lying warmonger. But the real problem is that she supports warrantless wiretaps, which means no privacy for the data you upload to Dropbox.

Law enforcement can currently obtain the contents of your Dropbox with just a subpoena. No warrant is required, which means there's no privacy for the data you upload to Dropbox, period.

And we already know the NSA backdoored Dropbox via Snowden, so ...
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: April 11, 2014, 08:44:41 pm
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever boycotted any company, product, or service on: April 11, 2014, 07:49:28 pm
Nothing official, but I do generally avoid Walmart and Chik-Fil-A. I wouldn't go to Hobby Lobby, either.
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