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Jan 16, 2015 AlliMike commented on SL Letter of the Day: A Monstrous Fantasy.
These comments are awesome! Sort of related in the news, scientists put a tracker on a 9 foot shark, and as they were tracking it, the shark's temperature shot up, then down. Sometime later, the tracking device washed up on shore. They think a larger creature swallowed it whole.
Jan 5, 2015 AlliMike commented on Some Interesting Details About the Woman Who Was Shot to Death by Her 2-Year-Old Son in an Idaho Walmart.
Safety training, background checks, requirements for safe storage, liability insurance, none of those would help with this shooting, or any other 10 recent accidental shootings you've heard of. This woman might have been a negligent parent, or she might have just had a negligent moment, like parents occasionally do. If she'd dropped him off the buggy in his carseat onto his head like I did to my daughter years ago, we wouldn't be having a conversation. But even though I let that happen along with half a dozen other parenting boners, you'll be glad I keep my guns and ammo in separate closets. Guns are just political fodder right now. All parents do dumb things once or twice, its a tough job and you don't get breaks. Trigger locks are a decent idea, but won't prevent the next 10 shootings with pre- requirement guns. It'd be nice if we'd stop tilting at this windmill and get serious about domestic violence and gun crime, which kill orders of magnitude more people that one in a thousand stupid events like this one.
Jun 20, 2014 AlliMike commented on Savage Love.
The internet has a way of bringing this stuff out. I don't think most people secretly feel this way and are more honest about it in anonymity, I think the format makes it possible for four people to seem like forty. Once the crazy hits the tipping point, the normal people stop talking and well, its circular. It's sad, because the conversation we tried to have had good potential.
Jun 20, 2014 AlliMike commented on Savage Love.
Also, when I was in martial arts, one of the guys in the class would always hit way too hard. He injured a few of the women. Another of the guys could always be counted on to kick his ass. Whenever this jerk would catch my eye for sparring, and would give an eyebrow, I'd turn to the other guy, catch his eye, and give an eyebrow towards the jerk- want to fight him? He'd look with a casual shrug as if to say sure, why not? The jerk would look with a slight flinch, as if to say $hit. Then I'd be sitting that round out, watching him get the ring wiped up with him.
Jun 19, 2014 AlliMike commented on Savage Love.
@63 My story is similar. I got falling-down drunk at a frat party, woke up the next morning at my apartment with no memory. My roommates filled me in on the details- one of the brothers had dragged me all the way to his car to find my good friend Larry leaning against it waiting for him, asking him wtf he thought he was doing. He said he was taking me home, Larry asked him where I lived, he of course didn't know. He gave some equally weak excuses, trailing off in the face of my friend's look of utter disdain. It was obvious to everyone what he was doing. He slunk off, and my friend took my drunk ass home.
Mar 16, 2014 AlliMike commented on Fred Phelps: Excommunicated and Near Death.
The very best funeral would be if nobody showed up at all.
Jun 14, 2013 AlliMike commented on Why Street Harassment Matters.
Those guys sound adorable, 113. Nice change of pace from the rest of the thread.
Jun 6, 2013 AlliMike commented on They Shoot Hookers, Don't They?.
Did everyone get that she lived paralyzed from the neck down on life support for several months before dying? One account says she suffered some brain damage when her respirator failed. She would have been unable to do anything but lay there and suffer that until someone noticed. And this guy walks.
Feb 24, 2013 AlliMike commented on Ladies Wearing Jeans.
@2, Perry explains it with his stages of intellectual development. Dualism, Relativity, Multiplicity and Commitment. In Dualism, they want an authority to tell them all the answers. It's a great model to read if you work with high school or college kids.
Dec 21, 2012 AlliMike commented on Newtown Will Not Bury the Mother of the Killer.
She'd be blamed for this in any circumstance. Even if she hadn't provided the guns. We'd be asking how she raised him, why they lived alone, why she didn't get him help. If it turns out she did get him help, we'd attack the manner of help she chose. Too many drugs, not enough. Ect, ect, ad nauseum. Once we'd exhausted all the truly low hanging fruit, we'd dig up irrelevant details about her personal life- such as dice games, or doomsday beliefs- and attack them. Oh, wait...we already did that. Hold onto your hats if it turns out she had a boyfriend. Or if she didn't.