User Profile: Balthazor

Balthazor

Member Since: March 04, 2011

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  • [2] July 26, 2014 at 10:56pm

    “Why were unions a good idea then but a bad idea now?”

    Because the world is different now than it was a century ago. One of the biggest changes is the ability for employees to be mobile. In the early part of the 20th century very few people had cars or other easily accessible transportation, and thus pretty much had to work wherever they lived. This put the balance of power firmly in the hands of the employers since their jobs might be the only jobs in town. But today, people aren’t limited to working where they live. If you lived in a mining town you worked at the mine, if you worked in a factory town you worked at the factory. If the boss at the factory was a dick then you didn’t have much choice but to work for a dick. So at that time unions were needed to swing the balance of power a bit more into the hands of the workers. But today, just about everyone has cars or some other easily accessible transportation and aren’t limited to working right where they live. So now if the boss is a dick, the worker can quit and go work at a factory in the next town over, or two towns over, or three. This swings the balance of power back over to the workers since now a dick boss will find himself losing all his workers. Consequently, unions aren’t as necessary as they used to be.

  • July 26, 2014 at 7:21pm

    What amazes me are the thousands of strangers who are completing the items on the bucket list. Why does that amaze me? It amazes me how in this day of internet and social media, people have come to feel as if they need to be a part of the story themselves. They can’t just read about parents completing their daughter’s bucket list, they need to jump in and involve themselves in it. Maybe it’s a glass-half-empty way of looking at it, but I feel like telling these people to mind their own bucket lists and stop injecting yourselves into other people’s stories.

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  • [1] July 25, 2014 at 11:06am

    Ah, the US Postal Service. Yet another batch of spoiled, lazy unionized public employees. They whine and cry about being overworked and underpaid despite getting paid good money and benefits for being glorified paperboys. And speaking of slow service, I recently ordered a package and paid extra for two-day priority mail and so far it’s taken that package eight days to get here. Maybe I should go to my nearest post office and start trashing the place.

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  • [3] July 24, 2014 at 5:09pm

    “You, Nilly, are either a troll, or a fool.”

    My money is on both.

  • [6] July 24, 2014 at 11:01am

    As I watch it again, I notice that the short guy and the bald guy on the right don’t seem to even notice that it breaks. The bald guy at least looks around afterwards like “huh, what happened, why’s everyone laughing?” but the short guy…I think he’s a robot. Once this event is over they’ll unplug him and haul him back to the closet.

  • [8] July 24, 2014 at 10:57am

    I love his reaction, the look of total surprise on his face, and how he keeps looking back and forth between the gavel and the guy in the suit. It cracks me up. Then you can see that he turns to the guy in the suit and says “I’m sorry about that”, and later apologizes again. Seems like the kind of guy any father would love for his daughter to marry.

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  • [1844] July 24, 2014 at 2:49am

    Here’s a real life example of a woman being denied access to reproductive health care and look who’s behind it.

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  • [1] July 23, 2014 at 6:08pm

    If these kind of people succeed in helping the forces of evil to triumph, at least I’ll have the satisfaction of watching them realize that those very same people are the ones enslaving, torturing and murdering them.

  • [236] July 23, 2014 at 5:39pm

    “you’re implying our government does things for political reasons, and maybe everyone once in a while they do it…”

    HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA LOL a million times over. Funniest thing I’ve ever read. The only way even Bloomberg could have said this while keeping a straight face is copious amounts of Botox.

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  • [4] July 23, 2014 at 5:34pm

    I was speaking to a highway patrolman years ago, and he told me that about 3/4 of the serious accidents he’s seen over the course of his career came a a result of someone trying to avoid hitting an animal. I love animals as much as anyone and the last thing I’d want is to run over some cute little baby ducks, but it’s just not worth risking your life or the lives of others for. Besides that, it seems like 90% of the time I swerve to avoid an animal, the stupid animal runs right to where I swerved and I hit it anyhow, and if I’d just kept on driving straight the critter would’ve been just fine.

    So the point is, the lady shouldn’t complain about getting a mere $44 fine just because she was trying to save duckies, because as noble as it may be to try and save duckies it puts humans at risk, and if her concern over the duckies had caused an accident she’d be facing a whole lot more than $44 worth of problems.

  • [1] July 23, 2014 at 4:57pm

    Whenever I think of good old Debbie, once I’m done retching I remember this video of her debating Paul Ryan. The face Ryan makes at about 1:57 is just priceless.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIrltAkTf38

  • [1] July 23, 2014 at 4:43pm

    I’m picturing those Europeans riding around with those clever “coexist” bumper stickers slapped on their horses butts.

  • [2] July 23, 2014 at 4:38pm

    Or, he could have elected to stay behind with his kids until such time as they were allowed to board instead of throwing a temper tantrum over not being able to board the plane a couple minutes early.

    Which, incidentally, I don’t understand at all. I’d rather NOT board the plane early, I’d rather spend those few minutes in the terminal than squished into an airplane seat.

  • [3] July 23, 2014 at 4:35pm

    You’re not wrong, however the whole situation could’ve been avoided if they both had acted like adults instead of oversensitive twits. Yeah, the employees escalated the issue in a huge way, but he’s the one who started the ball rolling by being such a ninny. I can empathize with the employee, at least as far as the initial altercation went, given that the kids were not entitled to board early and, as I understand it, airline employees have very little latitude to bend or break the rules. The father could have easily just sucked it up and stayed behind with his kids until they were allowed to board. It’s not as if someone else was going to steal his seat. But he had to make a big fuss about getting on the plane a couple minutes early and threw a juvenile temper tantrum when he was told no. So the way I see it, even though the employee escalated the situation in a truly ridiculous fashion, the father being a pouting crybaby is what created the whole problem in the first place. Thus my opinion that it’s the Clash of the Oversensitive Twits.

  • [2] July 23, 2014 at 3:40pm

    What you’re missing is in the first paragraph of the story, where the girl received international recognition for her discovery. The linked story includes this paragraph:

    “Her discovery was so incredible that it made its way into an international scientific publication called the Environmental Biology of Fishes that was released online in February. The print version was made available in May and it credits Lauren for the finding.”

  • [4] July 23, 2014 at 3:33pm

    Much of what you’re citing was added to the story later as an update, so no, a whole lot of people never read that part. That update does indeed add quite a different take on the story, if what the father is saying is true.

  • July 23, 2014 at 3:29pm

    Great post. I find it amusingly ironic how the very people who pray at the altar of evolution seem to be horrified by the prospect of it actually happening. After all, if an “invasive” species moves in and decimates some native species, well isn’t that just survival of the fittest at work? But no, they see it as some horrible catastrophe that needs to be stopped, even if it means eradicating the invasive species. It’s clear they don’t actually trust the fundamental basis of the theory that they claim led to the development of intelligent life.

    I think the problem is that many of these people have this vision of some mythical age where the planet and it’s ecosystems were “perfect”, and it’s like they feel it necessary to preserve this state of being for all time. Whether it be invasive species or climate change or whatever else. It’s essentially the scientist’s version of the garden of Eden. If there are rainbow trout in this river today, then there MUST be rainbow trout in this river until the end of time, and if there used to be rainbow trout in this river but no longer are, then they MUST be replenished so as to return things to how they’re supposed to be.

    Naturally, human beings are regarded as the biggest baddest “invasive” species of them all, so any ecological changes we cause in our effort to survive and thrive are all wrong and evil and must be eradicated so that the clock can be turned back to that time when all in the world was perfect.

  • [5] July 23, 2014 at 3:07pm

    Originally my opinion was that the original scientist, Jud, had a legitimate beef and that the girl and her father did indeed plagiarize his work. But now after this recent update, if what the father is saying is true, then that changes my take on things and leads me to think that the girl did nothing wrong and that Jud is just being a crybaby about a 13 year old girl getting more attention than him. But again, that’s IF what the father is saying is true.

    However, what is being missed in all this is the question of whether the parental involvement in this project goes beyond the normal level of parental involvement. I’ve done science fair projects before, and while my dad did always help me out with it, it was always me coming up with the ideas and doing the majority of the work. In this case, you have a girl who just so happens to decide to do a science fair project based on the exact same research that her father did. If I was the teacher, I’d be very tempted to fail her on this and say do your own project next time. It seems a little like Henry Ford’s kid showing up to a science fair with a Model-A, or J.R.R Tolkien’s son Christopher handing in a writing assignment about Hobbits.

  • [4] July 23, 2014 at 3:00pm

    Well now the recent update to the story puts a whole different spin on things. If what the father is saying is true, then it does start to sound to me like the girl did nothing wrong and the scientist is being a crybaby because she’s getting more attention than he did.

  • [161] July 23, 2014 at 2:44pm

    Kudos to Bloomberg for doing something good for a change. Now if only he could show the same support for New Yorker’s right to defend themselves.

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