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1) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1684642)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Period Tax?
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/5/26/australia-cuts-tampon-tax-in-response-to-activists.html
2) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1684372)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
What you get is those parents that can and are able to chose take their kids out of the government funded schools. Those school go in a downward spiral and become sink schools. For example, if there is a good school, the house prices are driven up as parents that can afford it move to be close to those schools, thus driving out of the area the very children you think you are trying to help.
Ah, poverty, not skin color ......
3) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1684370)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Sorry, I don't understand your point. Are you suggesting that there is no racism because they were racist against Chinese as well?

No, I'm telling you that the blacks benefited from the racism against the Chinese [and others], perhaps not as much as whites, but more than zero.

OBW, the first panel, actually the first four panels, are also about the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese and Filipino exclusion and controls on Irish, Italians, Jews and other "undesirables."

The history of the USA is not so black and white as some want to make it out to be.
4) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1684362)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I think when a cop can jump on the hood of a car and shott 14 rounds through it on unarmed folks and walk is BS. Why was this not a jury trial?
This case stinks to high heaven.

It wasn't a jury trial because the cop didn't ask for a jury trial. Likely a very smart lawyer. Yes, a jury would have hung him, but a judge, lawyer, would have precisely followed the logic of the law, no matter how perverted the result.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Things I wish that all people who work with the public knew... (Message 1684358)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
The customer is always right, unless he or she is so completely and utterly wrong that the question doesn't even make sense.

No, the Customer is always right. When they become wrong, they cease to be a customer.

Please, thank you, and your are welcome are just a plain must in the service industry. You as a customer don't want the person doing the service for you upset with you. Then you have no idea what that "service" may entail.

On too many occasions I've stopped to comment on how rude or demanding a previous person has been to the help. Never fails to give them a chance to unload, lets them know I'm not an a**hole and they treat me as a different person than the last slob. Add in a smile, please and thank you, then they can deal with others from a much better space. Pay it forward.

I'm sorry is also a wonderful phrase, especially when you know you are going to be a PITA.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1684355)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Might be better discussed in politics, but as it has started here ...

Shoot to wound? Not a real life option. Here is why. If the bad person has only done enough for you to wound them, if you happen to miss -- real possibility -- you may end up killing them and they didn't do enough for you to do that to them. Now you the police officer are on trial for manslaughter or murder.

However if they have done enough for you to kill them, then you can shoot and no matter what the outcome wound or death will be correct.

The monkey wrench is you have no idea if the bad guy is a much better sharpshooter than you are. If so and anything goes wrong with your shot to wound, including the bad guy ignoring his wound, you can end up dead.

Last, I don't really want the police having to make decisions, about can I kill or only wound. If they are using a gun the choice should be yes/no, not yes/maybe/no. If they don't have right to kill, then billy club, bean bag, Taser or pepper spray.

The real issue is the idiots who are asking for a Darwin award when the cop yells drop it. Last https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd1SRtkhh-U now you know why people holding cell phones in their hands get shot dead.
7) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1684272)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Exclusion_Act
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/05/16/asian-americans-file-complaint-alleging-discrimination-in-harvard-admissions/

Yep, blacks never benefited, despite 1882 to 1965 of them being given some legal preference over Chinese.
In case you were wondering, yes lynching http://www.laweekly.com/news/how-los-angeles-covered-up-the-massacre-of-17-chinese-2169478
8) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1684225)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Yes, there are.

First, I see that is has only been cited in other articles in the same publication. How many other publications are there in this field?

Aside, interesting that Wiley isn't updating the citations any more.

When and where was the data collected?

Last, as Wiley owned it when the article was published and Sage owns it today, any changes to the peer review process from when Wiley owned it? Or perhaps, what was Wiley's review process? Who were the reviewers?
9) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1684219)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Real racism:
http://www.aol.com/article/2015/05/24/long-island-family-receives-shocking-anonymous-hate-mail/21186699/

P.S. haven't read the thread in a week as I've been busy, so sorry for the three posts in a row.
10) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1684216)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
The OP is correct, all of us are racist in form or another whether or not we realise it.

I'd go one farther and say not only are we all racist, but that it is impossible to not be a racist. That because of each of our languages have words in them for classification and preference.
11) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1684210)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Seems someone can't read. Puts words in people mouths exactly opposite of what they say. Someone is also completely ignorant of facts.

Hardly worth a reply, but I never said education will be quick, if you bother and read, perhaps that is difficult for you, I said it will take generations.

As to facts about Asians and discrimination, perhaps you should look up some history. It took until the latter half of the 20th century to end legal discrimination. Well past the emancipation proclamation.

Let me ask a dumb question. If you are brought up in a culture that tells you, you can't succeed because the man will slap you down, so you don't even try, will you succeed? Does it even matter if the man does or doesn't slap you down? Yes, the culture that says you can't get ahead even if you try, needs to change.

Easy victim blaming and absolving your own responsibility. America is not racist, black people aren't getting ahead in life because of racism, its all because they are part of a culture that tells them to don't even try. Its all on them.

You are right it is a culture telling them they can't succeed. The people telling them are the guilty. Who is doing that today? Mom and Dad!
12) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1684133)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Just because I'm curious,
A Jess McCabe is the author of the article. Checking for her CV, returns the only item is for writing in the trade architectural field.

She did not link the study. Finding the study wasn't too hard. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-6402.2009.01491.x/citedby However I see that there no references that this study has been cited by other papers. Unfortunately the abstract does not indicate who peer reviewed it, if in fact it was even reviewed.

The free links being exhausted .....
13) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1684082)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Maybe, but you do have to give her kudos - to stop, get out, give the cops the "bird" get back in & drive off. She did as she pleased :-)

However, it cost her! WAS IT WORTH IT?

Only she can answer that. Unfortunately, for many the answer is yes.
http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local/orange_county&id=6754459


To society, somehow I doubt that society will ever be repaid for the cost of all the policing and subsequent court and incarceration costs.
14) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1683827)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I must be misreading ....

I'm getting that we have a person stating that large breasts are not his preference.

We have another person saying he can't have that preference because he is telling women what to do.

The twist is the person claiming women should go out and get large breasts, presumably so they feel they measure up better to a stereotype of sexual attraction, is a self proclaimed feminist who one would presume abhors sex stereotypes.

Then there is a huge argument over free speech, boob job or no boob job, that is entirely mislabeled as being about sexism.

Am I reading this about right?

No, not really.

He didn't claim large boobs were not his preference, he claimed that fake boobs were not his preference.

I seriously doubt he was referring to reconstruction after mastectomy, and I seriously doubt you took it that way. As I know of no "fake" boob job that does not make them "larger" I find that statement disingenuous. If you think otherwise then we can start discussing silicone vs. saline and under or over muscle groups and other medical details of the many differences as to what a "fake" boob job is or is not.

He can have whatever preference he wants, the minute he starts telling people what to do based on that is when we cross the line into sexism.

So he can have a preference that people not speed and tell them so and that is sexist. The precision of your writing and ability to convey your thoughts to others is amazing.

I didn't read anyone anywhere telling women they should go out and get large breasts.

From here I didn't see much reading, I saw much writing.

This also isn't about free speech because no one is telling him he can't speak, what they are telling him is that if he speaks in a certain way it will be seen as sexist.

Speak isn't speech? Speak is sexism! Interesting thought process.

But boob job or not is as much free speech as burning an American flag is free speech.

Free speech is also expressing a preference. e.g. Don't do "it," for me.

Telling someone your thought process but not telling them you are making their choice for them is somehow sexism in your mind. Funny how I thought that was communication, but apparently it is sexism. And communication seems to be lacking here and now.

So no, you haven't got anything right.

I'd agree, you don't have anything right because you are too busy talking and not spending any time listening; you don't appear to be at all interested in communication, only being antagonistically argumentative and proving to yourself that you are correct IMHO.
15) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1683801)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I must be misreading ....

I'm getting that we have a person stating that large breasts are not his preference.

We have another person saying he can't have that preference because he is telling women what to do.

The twist is the person claiming women should go out and get large breasts, presumably so they feel they measure up better to a stereotype of sexual attraction, is a self proclaimed feminist who one would presume abhors sex stereotypes.

Then there is a huge argument over free speech, boob job or no boob job, that is entirely mislabeled as being about sexism.

Am I reading this about right?
16) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #2 (Message 1683741)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
It is better to let ten guilty men walk than convict one innocent man

That is one hell of a thought provoking statement .....

Maybe it needs to be at the front of every squad room. Seems to be what every jaded police officer forgets.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Sweet or Savory? (Message 1683726)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
McDonalds ... Disgusting:(

That is the definition.
Ranks as next to the bottom http://qz.com/385241/in-n-out-is-still-americas-favorite-place-to-get-a-burger-a-survey-says/ or 110 of 111. I'm hating it.
18) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1683592)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I have watched Emma Watson's UN speech several times, and suspect that a less adversarial tactic might reap greater benefit for both women and men.

If you are talking about me, I am totally not adversarial, merely assertive.


I think you come off far more adversarial than you realize.

I'd say as adversarial as a "slick butch lawyeress"

Your perception of the way I approach things might be coloured by your knowledge of my gender.


It also may have nothing to do with it, but by throwing this suggestion out there, you are now able to brush off how people are trying to communicate something to you, namely that you and others tend to attack people who might well be allies to your cause if you didn't carelessly throw around a pejorative label.

I am also totally aware that if you and I sat down and had this conversation you would think I was a lovely person and quite as nice and non-adversarial as Emma Watson.


Until that actually happens, this comes across as you re-asserting that your approach isn't the problem; everyone else is.

However, we are having this conversation via text which means it is much easier for people to insert their biases and preconceptions into the conversation.


This, of course, applies to you as well.

I am aware of this. I also am old enough to not care too much about. When I was younger it might have bothered me a lot to have so much projected onto me that simply isn't there.


Is it really fair then, for you and others to project so much onto others that simply isn't there?

However, in the words of Taylor Swift, Haters gonna hate.


Funny that. The perception you're giving off to nearly everyone in this thread is that of a hater. I was largely staying out of this thread so as to simply read and learn. But now that I've had the big S thrown at me, and no reason to believe my opinion was wrong to openly state, I guess the learning about feminism stops here.

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19) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #2 (Message 1683590)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32859763

And in Cafe SETI some keep humming about their 'sensitiveness'...

Ah yes. Let off because they couldn't prove his bullet killed.

Seems I remember some other case, hum ........ scratch ...... ah yes ...... Leslie Van Houten
Claims to have only stabbed the victims after they were dead, which would have been manslaughter.

Got a different result in that trial.

Could there be bias to police?

Possibly.

But it must be. If you want the Bad Guys imprisoned. Benefit of Doubt, must apply to Police, or our cities will become...

It is better to let ten guilty men walk than convict one innocent man

BTW: I don't believe the Judge's verdict was correct. Shocked?

No. Most cops have some point where they know the actions become so repugnant they no longer can accept the blue code.

Been in similar situations. The initial Police Gunfire was legal. Don't care how many shots were fired. All persons, including Police, are reacting individually, upon the same stimulus.

Climbing upon the hood (what!!!!), and firing 15 shots into the passenger compartment, and no one has a visible gun...

'Nuff said.

I wonder if Miss Van Houten should appeal based on this case? Might wake up one judge in Ohio to his action.

Also seems to be some nasty error on the prosecution to have not included a bunch of lesser charges from manslaughter all the way down to desecration of a corpse so there would have been something to convict on.

I can hardly wait to hear the union saying he is innocent and demanding he be put back on patrol.
20) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1683582)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Yes of course in the areas and provinces, women engineers were very few and far between, mainly because they generally didn't want to do that sort of job, not because they weren't allowed to.

And who the hell would want a job where they would be harassed every day because of their sex?


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