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Jan 17, 2013 kitsapien commented on Masterpiece: The Art Auction Game by Parker Brothers.
My family must have had the 1976 version as well. It was fun to go to the Art Institute as a young adult and find the paintings from the game.

My sister and I were not allowed to play when we were very young. The game was too grown-up apparently -- though really it's a simple game. By the time we were old enough, the rest of the family had lost interest so we just played against each other and she kicked my ass most of the time.
Jan 8, 2013 kitsapien commented on Have You Gotten Your Flu Vaccine Yet?.
@21 At least you can console yourself with the realization that if you hadn't gotten the shot you might well STILL be at the sick, sick, sick stage.
Jan 8, 2013 kitsapien commented on Have You Gotten Your Flu Vaccine Yet?.
@15 Part of the reason that you haven't is that a lot of people do get the vaccine. As a few others mentioned, it isn't just about keeping yourself from getting sick, it's also about keeping the spread of the disease in check. So your 20+ years without it are on the coattails of all the people who do get vaccinated.

@12 And it seems, at least anecdotally that those who still catch it even though vaccinated are generally not getting as sick for as long as the unvaccinated.

This is a harsh bug this year. Two kids have died of it already at the smallish hospital my sister works for in Michigan (where the outbreak is so serious that national reserves of Tamiflu have been released because the drugstores are out). Influenza isn't a bad cold. It is, among other things, a serious fever and body aches like you have probably never experienced. And it often lasts 10 days or more.

Dec 17, 2012 kitsapien commented on Please Stop Saying That Liza Long Is Wrong For Sharing Her Story.
@10 Does that include acts of violence against themselves?

And do any of those stuides break down types of acts of violence? Are mentally ill people more likely to commit some types of violence and people who are not mentally ill more likely to commit other types of violence?

Regardless, I don't see it as an either/or in terms of discussing gun control versus a discussion of how mentally ill people and their families are or are not cared for/supported in this country. Guns are way too easy to come by. And mentally ill people and their families do not have adequate help. And this shooting, along with the one in Colorado and the one in Seattle, speak to both of those issues. If we had better gun control maybe this tragedy (and a whole bunch of other bad things) would not have happened. If we had better care for mentally ill people maybe this tragedy (and a whole bunch of other bad things) would not have happened.

I think the thing that Liza Long's article does effectively point out is that we seem to expect families to be able to handle mental illness by themselves (at least up to the point where a crime is committed) but that is not a realistic expectation in many cases.
Dec 14, 2012 kitsapien commented on At Least 26 Dead, Including 18 Children, Reported at Connecticut Elementary School Shooting.
@60 Wow, our homicide rate is lower than that of many desperately poor and/or war-torn countries. I'm so impressed with us.

And while I would rather not be attacked at all, I like my chances against someone armed with a knife a lot better than someone armed with a gun. Today a man in China attacked elementary school children with a knife. Many were injured. Thus far, there have been no fatalities. Had he had a gun, it is safe to presume there would have been dozens of fatalities.
Dec 14, 2012 kitsapien commented on 27 Dead, Including 18 Children Reported at Connecticut Elementary School Shooting.
@20 No one is claiming that a single law or even an assortment of laws is going to absolutely and unfailingly prevent every possible shooting. That is a nonsensical standard. But we can pass laws that will make shootings like this less easy to pull off (and therefore less commonly attempted and more likely to be caught before they happen).

You want specific: no private ownership of handguns and automatic weapons. None. Those weapons are for shooting people. You want to shoot a handgun, go to a shooting range. Add to that the close regulation of ammution proposed in #19 and I think we will see a dramatic decrease in gun deaths. I'm not saying there wont be any, but I think there will be far, far fewer.

Tell you what, lets try it my way a decade and if I'm wrong you can have all your people-hunting guns back.
Sep 13, 2012 kitsapien commented on Mitt Romney, Keeping a Low Profile, Flies on Hair Force One.
He'll at least claim to have come up with a better name. But he won't speak it where any media might hear him.
Apr 18, 2012 kitsapien commented on Hockey Update: The Canucks and the Penguins Could Get Swept Tonight and Raffi Torres Has Been Suspended Indefinitely.
The NHL could all but eliminate deliberate blows to the head if they really wanted it. If suspensions happened every single time (regardless of whether the head shot caused an injury) and started at 2 weeks (yes, even in the playoffs), went up sharply from there for repeat offenders and particularly flagrent offenses, and came along with a 2-week suspension for the coach every time one of his players gets suspended for a head shot, then poof! they would be gone in a hurry.

The fact that the NHL has not done this obvious thing is an indication that they do not actually want to eliminate head-hunting, only control and manage it.
Mar 16, 2012 kitsapien commented on Dharun Ravi Convicted on All Counts.
@30 Well, you and I disagree on this. It looks to me like he was showing off for/shocking his friends. He knew he could get in trouble for it if it was discovered. I don't think he intended it to be discovered. Teenagers do all kinds of things and expect, against all sense and reason, not to get caught. I absolutely think he committed a crime, but not bias intimidation.
Mar 16, 2012 kitsapien commented on Dharun Ravi Convicted on All Counts.
@19 Um, no. Hate crimes laws are not thought police stuff. Our legal system considers motive in determining the nature and sentencing of some crimes. No one is sent to prison for thinking bad thoughts about gays. But if they murder someone, the legal system is going to look at their motives.

Having said that, I do not understand how this kid could be guilty of "bias intimidation" when he was trying to do something without his roommate finding out. Invasion of privacy? Absolutely. But bias intimidation makes no sense.