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Agree, thanks for your comment.
Couldn't they benefit from this exercise at an age where they're influenced by their parents? It could help students realize the biases that their parents might hold.
I agree with this perspective! Questioning these divisive biases is the point of the exercise--it's not intended to encourage people to make divisions, but to overcome them.
My point is that comparing actions seems to excuse who "aren't as bad," such as Argento.
Good point that there's really no way to address it, other than parents educating their children (which can make a difference, but will take time + many kids are more socially influenced by their peers).
I agree--especially in light of your other debate about selfies and plastic surgery.
Yes, exactly, thank you for putting that into words.
I think that issue is interesting because it brings up the classic "correlation v. causation" problem. Do violent video games cause children to be violent, or are potentially violent children drawn to violent video games? I'm not sure. I do think that a lot of violence in video games is plain unnecessary. "First person shooter" games, in particular, seem problematic to me, especially if children are playing them.
Agreed. Unfortunately I think it appeals to a group (i.e. teens) that are unlikely to listen to or respect their parent's advice.
Yeah, I agree that it shouldn't necessarily be cancelled--people can choose whether or not they want to watch it. I still think that it could be more harmful than maybe you're acknowledging but in general I see your point. Thanks for your comment!
I don't know if comparing her actions to others' actions is really productive, though. All of their actions were wrong.
Agreed, thanks for commenting!
I have no problem with selfies in general. I think what the article you mention describes is a very niche subgroup of selfie takers that are problematic. I think that group perpetuates the myth of "perfection" on social media and I think that's detrimental to society. However, I think most selfie takers are not that extreme, and I wouldn't call someone narcissistic for taking a selfie. It goes without saying that taking a selfie somewhere dangerous, i.e. the edge of the Grand Canyon, is pretty idiotic. In general I think I agree with your argument but disagree with the scope of the problem.
Agreed--and the same should apply to older women and younger men.
Yeah, if you post something on the internet always expect that it will not stay anonymous!
I'm all for everyone being confident, but I also wouldn't want a teenage girl at her size to think that she is healthy. It's a tough line to walk.
I agree with you. I have no problem with Holliday as a person and I don't think her being in a Health magazine is necessarily promoting unhealthy behaviors (you're right in that it's not like she's sharing her diet plan in the pages), but I do find it a bit weird since I don't see her as someone healthy. In my personal view, if I was shopping for a health magazine I might skip this one based on the cover. It's a weird dilemma for me because I support body positivity but also think that everyone should be encouraged to be healthy.
I agree. I also think a diagnosis could maybe ignore the real issue (i.e if a child is diagnosed the parents might make the child stop playing video games without otherwise treating it, which might ignore a different condition or problem).
I don't think that's necessarily true, I think pack mentality is definitely a thing and reddit promotes it if it allows these subreddits to exist. Thank you for your comment though.
Agreed, thanks for commenting!
I guess the point is that these other countries have already shown that they are aggressive, and we need to prepare ourselves. In an ideal, peaceful world I would agree with you
Well it sounds like some of them suspected it would be violent if UNC was able to warn it's students, but I see your point. Also agree with
The point of reddit is that other websites for those people don't really exist, unless you want to delve into the dark web and stuff like that.
Yeah, but why not borrow "best practices" from other countries in areas where it might work? I'm not suggesting we take on their entire set of gun laws, just that maybe we can learn from their system.
Agreed, thanks for your comment. As far as I know the parent company (L'Oreal) hasn't issued a statement and probably won't, since Stylenanda removed the ad and apologized. I wish that they would, but I'm guessing they decided it would harm their iimage to admit that something as wrong with this ad campaign.
I agree, although I'd point out that Facebook may be less inclined to remove "smaller name" pages just because they are less aware of them, not because they're inherently biased.
Agreed, thanks for your comment.
I agree with you in general, although I would echo/emphasize that the protest was not completely useless in that it did attract media attention (hence why we're discussing it right now). I agree with protesting in general even if it doesn't produce immediate results, just not the violence that went on here.
I don't disagree with any of you per se, I just think that blaming violence on morals is sort of a cop out. It's like saying that obesity in America is caused by food. While that's not wrong, that's not getting at the real causes of obesity, which might be lack of nutritional knowledge, food deserts, large portion sizes, and on and on. In this case, it think Emanuel is distracting from more solid criticisms such as the closing of schools in the area or the lack of police staff.
Eh, Trump seems prone to saying things that could/should ruin his career.
I agree. UNC was not preventing them from going but merely suggesting it might be a security issue, and it was, so they were right.
Agreed with Juliana, the government can absolutely do something here.
What if the consumers are children though?
That's true, I'd like to see the numbers too. And yes there are chemicals everywhere, but we should still try to limit our exposure to harmful chemicals.
I hadn't realized that, love it!
Thanks for your comments! I totally agree and you raise some great points. I have no doubt that e-cigarette companies know that teens make up a large percentage of their sales and therefore try to attract them.
Like I said, the notion that when vapes are safe when they do not contain nicotine is a dangerous misconception. Also, even though nicotine is not a "worse drug," it is still one of the most addictive substances out there.
Yeah, echoing what I said before, I think a huge contributing factor to that is the popularity of "selfies" and the ability to whip out your phone and see your own face whenever you want. Yes, people could carry mirrors before, but that was less convenient and less socially acceptable, I'm sure.
I agree with what's been said--I can't see any reason why it should have been banned. Yes, the Federation is allowed to do what they want, but it seems extremely biased and unfair to me.
I think the protests aren't necessarily bad, it's just the fact that they devolved into violence that's the issue. I like that UNC-Chapel Hill told students not to attend because of potential violence, I think that was a smart move.
Something is clearly different, though, if more people are requesting plastic surgery specifically for selfies. Although stuff like this has existed for a while, I think the whole "selfie age" is different in that it's focused on the face.
Yeah, "research" at the expense of minority groups is not worth it to me!
Wouldn't the overcrowding just shift to having more taxis on the road rather than cars?
Thanks for your comment. I've noticed some harmful portrayals of Mac Miller's death as well, even though he died of a drug overdose. I think things that apply here also apply to celebrity deaths from other means.
I think it seems blatantly self-serving and politically motivated. I would potentially understand a cap if new drivers could be hired to replace those that retire or quit, but his policy is not even a cap, but more of a plan to phase out Uber and Lyft entirely.
Yeah, I've noticed a similar thing with rental bikes in my city--those that rent them don't know the streets and are more likely to get into dangerous situations, even if they aren't intentionally taking risks.
Agreed, thanks for your comment.
I feel like we have domestic issues we could spend more money on, but I'm not opposed to the entire thing.
I assume Omarosa wants to talk about it primarily to sell her book (lol), but other than that most people would be better served by waiting on proof, rather than speculating.
I'm not sure I think a lack of morals is really responsible for crime, but I do agree that his comments were unhelpful.
I'll have to disagree with you there, then.
Very true, thanks for weighing in.
Sorry that wasn't supposed to be "disagree".
That's really nice of Hickam!
Agreed. It would be one thing if he made those comments as like a preacher or just a random citizen, but as the mayor, people are right to be angry because they expect him to do something about it.
They seem really dangerous to me and I would second that the technology needs to be regulated. I personally wouldn't use one. I think tourists use them particularly often, which is even more dangerous because they don't know the city that they're in and they end up on busy streets or busy sidewalks. However, do want to add that I think they're a fad that will go away soon.
Didn't see your post, sorry! Thanks for your comment :)
It's a really good point that we see our own faces and present our faces to others more in the age of social media and selfies. I'm not sure I believe that snapchat filters have much to do with it--most of the ones I've seen people using do airbrush your skin and widen your eyes, but also give you deer antlers or moving hearts around your face (i.e. are not intended to look realistic).
Agreed, thanks for weighing in!
I mean, should she be telling anyone to suck her dick and balls while representing NASA? NASA probably would say no.
Agreed--thanks for weighing in!
I might agree if she was just fired over the original tweet, but she told someone on the National Space Council to "suck my dick and balls." NASA had no choice at that point imo.
I agree that we can't really make a statement until the allegations are proven true or false, but I find it suspicious that ASU found enough information to fire him in the past. ASU's investigation also stated that he had committed "serious misconduct," which makes me think his actions were more serious than a few inappropriate jokes.
It's not "luck" if he was underage. It's illegal. He may have felt it was okay at the time or he may have felt pressured into it by an older, more veteran actress. Either way, I think it's morally reprehensible. What if it was a 17 year old girl and a 37 year old man? most people wouldn't call that girl "lucky." Why should we treat young men differently?
Yeah, I don't know if his comments offended me so much as they seemed rather useless. Obviously murderers lack morals, but saying that doesn't really do anything to change the situation, especially since he is the mayor and there are questions surrounding police strategy and staffing as well as access to good education. Thanks for commenting!
I think boxing was offered at my high school, but I'm not 100% sure. I agree with the others--any sport can be dangerous without safety measures, and there's no reason boxing itself should be considered more dangerous. Good luck!
I guess a culture could exist within a racial group?
Agreed, she doesn't seem like a stand up person. That goes for most people involved with Trump, though.
Agree--it's not illegal or anything, but would certainly cause a scandal.
Good point on the lying prat.
That's fair. I wouldn't do a fake British accent unless I was asked to by a British person (which has happened lol).
I've found that a mobile payment app is really useful in college for paying back your friends and such, but I wouldn't use it for recurring or large transfers. I use Venmo, but I'd definitely reconsider using Zelle or one of the lower ranked apps after reading this. I agree that the reports are great and should push the companies to improve their security. Thanks for your comment!
I don't think you can call it a mistake when he's continued to push the same conspiracy theories. He doesn't care about harming people.
Makes sense coming from you, Jesus.
I think the issue may be more that imitating an English accent is imitating the accent of a specific country, while imitating an African-American accent is imitating an entire racial group and likely depends more upon stereotypes. In the case of your friend, he was imitating a very stereotypical character from a show, which may have made it more offensive.
I personally wouldn't wear any political clothing to an election even if it's not violating the law, but I agree that he shouldn't have been asked to remove it. If he was truly drunk and combative, that's a whole different problem as well.
I think it should have the R rating if it has content that the MPAA describes, but I also would encourage 8th graders and older to see it because I think it shows a part of life that is not usually discussed.
It's certainly not criminal or anything, but it seems at best silly and at worst offensive to wear a copy of a Ranger shirt. Agree with what others have said--if it was a shirt with a logo and he was just wearing it in support, then it would be different/better.
I think his actions are reprehensible. They will definitely draw attention to his upcoming fight, but I doubt that will lead to him gaining any fans--rather people will be hoping for McGregor to kick his ass. I think since this story is so recent, people won't be thinking as much about McGregor's checkered past.
It sounds like in the recent speech by Pence that Trump has military aspirations in mind, though. While I agree it might not be the priority, it's still an aspect of the Force and something that the White House is choosing to emphasize.
If it was founded with religious freedom in mind, wouldn't a pledge with "under God" be in opposition to that mindset? Remember that "under God" was added in 1954 and might not reflect the ideals of our founders.
I agree. Facebook should be sure to be consistent with their removals. I'm guessing they remove a lot of accounts that are less popular/controversial and therefore attract less attention.
Yeah, I know what you mean. Like I think it's probably technically in violation of the Establishment clause but I also doubt it will be changed, and I think we have bigger things to worry about.
I'd argue that he has caused some harm, though. For example, after he published his conspiracy theory about Sandy Hook, one pair of parents (Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner) had to move seven times after their address was revealed and they were stalked and harassed by conspiracy theorists who believed Jones. They now live hundreds of miles from the grave of their six year old. I think that's despicable. I guess you could argue it's the fault of those who believe Jones rather than Jones himself, but I do think conspiracy theories like the ones he pushes can really harm people.
I think it's hard to know whether the incident was related to his inexperience or not, but irregardless, his reaction seems overly defensive. No one is saying he deserved to be hurt or anything, but merely citing his inexperience as a factor in the accident. I do feel sorry for him though, yikes.
Wouldn't that argue for more gun regulation here rather than there?
I agree that TSA should stay in smaller airports. As soon as an airport is revealed to not have TSA procedures, it could be targeted for drug trafficking or even terrorism.
I think it was justified, but still very sad. I know there are issues across the globe with dangerous animals that have moved into "human" territory after their habitats have been destroyed by humans, such as mountain lions in California. Is it justified to kill a starving mountain lion that wandered into a city for food and is attacking you? Yes, of course, but it's a sad situation all around. Animals often have to pay for our actions.
I'm not sure they need to confirm it...look at any darker person's hand, and their palm will be a lighter shade (this applies to tan white people as well). It's either been photoshopped or painted.
Yeah. I think the in person meeting is a key part to Iceland's system that would be important for "weeding out" people with bad intentions or mentally unstable people.
Good points, thanks for commenting!
Agreed, but I'd say Icelanders seem to love their guns as well. However, I think it's a cultural issue of Icelanders wanting their guns for the purpose of hunting and competitive shooting versus Americans wanting their guns for hunting etc. but also for self-defense, which gives them a stronger attachment to them. Thanks for commenting!
Totally agree, thanks for your comment.
I completely agree that libraries are valuable for the reasons you stated, and I don't think that they should be replaced by Amazon or something similar. For me personally, I like libraries for borrowing books rather than using a kindle or anything simply because I don't like to read on a screen. I think libraries may be decreasing in popularity, but I think there will always be enough people who use them, particularly in academic fields, that they will never be replaced by online services.
I think that IVF probably has the stereotype of being a lifestyle choice of rich women because it is so expensive. I would be curious to know more about other options for fertility. I agree that reproduction is a basic right and should be covered, so that poor women who have fertility issues can also have children, but I'm not sure if IVF is the best route.
Completely agree--there's no sense in introducing gatekeeping into this.
I haven't actually seen it, I just didn't realize people were offended by it and was wondering why!
Yeah I agree. Part of my experience was that I only used eye makeup and never tried to cover my acne, which I think would have led to a reliance on makeup, since I did have bad acne then. Like my makeup use was for fun rather than to cover up my flaws, which I think is healthier.
I see his points, but I find it funny that Ostrovsky is advising people not to go into the field so that his own career is less at risk. I wonder what someone on the "micro influencer" side has to say about the same thing. Maybe it's making the field more profitable as a "side job" for people? Overall, I don't disagree though.
What's wrong with Dear White People? or does the title itself offend you?
I think there's a sort of learning curve with makeup, like I started wearing it in 7th grade but it (probably) looked awful until high school. That's the only reason I'd say middle school is an appropriate time. You'll look like a kid wearing makeup, but everyone looks silly in middle school anyway.
I think children wearing heavy, adult-looking makeup is weird and I wouldn't let my daughter wear makeup until middle school at least. However, I don't think we can do much about other people letting their children wear makeup, as it's up to them. Whether or not it affects self confidence I'm sure depends on the child, and should also be addressed (in an ideal world) by the child's parents.
I agree. Anything mandatory would also raise the question of who is "disabled enough" to be allowed access, which can't be clearly defined.
I don't think that she should be playing a transgender man, particularly because of the social context. I do think that the purpose of acting is to play a character, but certain identities should not be co-opted, i.e. a white actor should not play a black character in blackface.
Thanks for commenting! In your scenario, does it matter that he owns a large amount of stock in the company and therefore would be enriched by your business?
I agree that the backlash he has faced is unnecessary. I think he's an easy target since he is so wealthy--he's never going to be able to do what every single person wants him to do with his money, if that makes sense. In other words, he "can't please everyone." I also think that the criticism he's received lately for sending in a submarine to try and help the boys get out of the cave is unfounded. Yes, his submarine was not what got them out, but why criticize him for trying to help? Whether it was related to PR or not, he was still offering resources and support to save lives. I do think, however, that his tweets were a bit out of line, especially the "pedo" one that you mentioned. They made him look insecure and immature, and I think he should have "turned the other cheek" in this situation. Although his tweets made him look a bit silly, I also agree with you that they have been blown out of proportion.
Very true! Good point about financial aid as well. Many students who are given "full rides" cannot actually afford to attend the schools they are admitted to without additional aid, because of hidden costs such as fees, books, food, etc.
Yeah, I do think his actions may have been harsh if they really only shared a "peck," but I agree that it is still his right to remove them from his car, especially since physical contact violates Uber's rules. Uber's rules are pretty much enforced on a driver-by-driver basis, so a list of personalized rules would be a good idea.
I volunteer with an animal shelter, and I've read some about similar cases myself, and I absolutely think that the laws should be harsher. Not that we should base punishments only on potential harm to humans, but it is worth considering that someone who tortures or near-fatally neglects an animal is likely a danger to people around them as well. I do believe that cases of torture are more serious than cases of neglect, even though the results can be equally horrific, because I think torture is the direct result of violent psychopathic thoughts, while neglect and hoarding may be the result of other mental health issues.
No worries about the length, you bring up a lot of good points! I'm not exactly sure how widely or extensively the World Health Organization's manual of psychiatric diseases is used, but I agree that it's surprising that an actual disorder has been named under such vague terms. I really think much more research needs to be done, especially, as you mentioned, to understand the context of an I.G.D. diagnosis. I would also bring up that another potential issue might be the type of game that someone is playing, as a virtual reality simulation game addiction (if I may call it that) might totally differ, in causes and manifestation, from a first-person shooter game addiction. Thank you for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed the article!
I don't think that everywhere should necessarily be required to have them, but if a group decides to buy them, it should be part of the budget. I see no reason why it wouldn't. For most women, they are a necessity for one week a month.
Good points. I've been thinking more about how you have to come from a place of privilege to even accept an unpaid internship, even if it is a part-time summer internship such as my own. Some people have to work full-time every summer to pay for college or support their family etc., and even unpaid internships with "limits" like I proposed as a solution would be discriminatory in the end. Thanks for your comment.
Thanks for your comment! I completely agree that the setbacks she has caused the Spokane Black community and damage she is (unintentionally) causing her children is really unfortunate. I'll post here again if I happen to watch the documentary and let you know my thoughts!
Admiring or emulating a culture is one thing, but pretending to be part of a culture that you do not belong to and deceiving people is wrong. I don't care about her braiding her hair, changing her name, etc., but she has openly lied about her heritage. I think it's particularly problematic that she was a NAACP leader. It's great that she wants to become involved with the cause and I'm all for that, but as a leader she is speaking on behalf of black people. That's like a woman speaking on behalf of those with testicular cancer.
I think that her actions are ridiculous and I don't support her, but I might watch the documentary. I doubt it will glorify her actions, and I think it might be really interesting. I'd have to wait and see how it is though.
Well I was wrong about Brazil/Belgium! Now for the next round.
Any improvements are good improvements. If even one life is saved, it's worth implementing changes. Will the changes stop school shootings, however? I doubt it.
I agree. My school actually offers funding for unpaid internships too, which is really great (although I didn't receive any). I can see the point that they allow students who are privileged in that they don't have to work a full time job to get ahead via unpaid internships. What do you think about that? Does it perpetuate inequality? Thanks for answering!
I think it kinda depends on whether or not you agree with her stance. It definitely drew attention to the movement; I've seen her all over the news. As far as protests go, it was definitely inconvenient, but it's relatively harmless. No one was hurt and no property was destroyed. Since it's not obviously harmful (if it was, I think it would be criticized by both sides of the ICE debate), your question of if it was "effective" or "necessary" really depends on who you ask, in my opinion.
We'll see... I like to root for the underdog :)
Wow, I hadn't heard about the employees following the rest of her party to a different restaurant. That certainly is out-of-line for me.
What I mean is that the mandatory nature of the ban should be okay as long as people take the initiative to bring their own metal straws if they need them. I can't speak to the cost of those or whether that is possible for certain disabled individuals, though.
Yeah, I have a friend who uses metal straws just to be environmentally conscious and he just brings them with him if he's going out to eat etc.. I don't know how much they cost but I think they last a long time.
I've had a couple (lol), but my best experiences have been with psychologists (aka someone with a PhD) who does behavioral therapy. I've found that the whole "it's all tied to something in your past" thing really does not apply to me/work for me. I'd say don't be afraid to "shop around," if you have a session with someone and you really don't connect with them or their style of therapy, don't be afraid to find someone else. However, don't be scared off of therapy forever by one bad session. Also, a good session will often be emotionally/mentally taxing, especially at first, just because you probably have difficult things to work through and getting better is a process. There are alternative therapies you could seek out too, like journal therapy, art therapy, or music therapy, if that would be more up your ally (I don't have any experience with those). Hope that helps, let me know if you have more questions about my experiences :)
If you haven't already, you should see a therapist. I know that it doesn't really help to have a stranger on the internet tell you that, but I've had my own mental health struggles and therapy really was the only way to get over it. If you are seeing one and just want extra tips, then ignore me. Anyway, good luck. I know that's tough to deal with.
What'd I miss?
Hm. Maybe police offers could be required to tell someone if they are free to leave? Police officers can be very intimidating regardless of their intentions, even for innocent people, especially with police brutality being exposed in the news and such. I think/hope that excessively violent cops are in the minority, but the fact remains that public perception of police officers has been affected by recent news stories.
I agree. I think public education should never be limited by one's ability to pay for it, which might end up happening if people were exempt from paying taxes that fund the school system.
I think people who are calling for an abolition of ICE would want a new system in its place, but I could be wrong. Sort of a "tear it down and start over" mentality?
I support this for sure! I own some reusable plastic straws; maybe those could be made more available to those with health conditions?
I said this to Juliana above, but the countries were picked without proof that they are harboring terrorists, and many of the countries have not had immigrants to the United States commit any act of terrorism. That's what makes me suspect the fact that most of these countries are majority Muslim was a factor. Also, already have a lengthy immigration process; it's not like terrorists were given easy access prior to the ban.
My issue is that the countries were picked without proof that they are harboring dangerous terrorists. In fact, many of the countries have not had immigrants to the United States commit any act of terrorism. That's what makes me suspect some level of racism. It may not be a permanent ban, but it's a bit optimistic to say that Trump's government will pass an efficient and thorough immigration policy, at least based on precedent.
Homeschooling might work for some people, but I think it's not regulated enough. You and your wife might have given your children a wonderful, fulfilling experience, but plenty of parents are ill-equipped to home-school their children and attempt it anyway.
I mean, portion sizes have been getting bigger...govt conspiracy??
I believe she refers to herself as plus sized or the article does, so that's what I referred to her as. In fact, her BMI is higher than 40 based on numbers she has given, so she is technically "morbidly obese."
Agreed! Not that women should be forced to "hide themselves" in a separate room, but it would be nice if they had a choice of having a little more privacy. I'm sure this incident was highly embarrassing.
The owner was female, but I'm not sure about the people who supposedly complained. Thank you for your comment!
Thank you for reading and responding to my comment! To clarify, I'm not anti-regulations, I just can't see such regulations working, as Instagram would have to determine which products are allowed to be marketed and which are not. Since Instagram benefits from companies advertising on their platform, I can't see them being willing to implement restrictions. In an ideal world, I would agree with you, but I don't see it happening.
Yeah. It's also worth noting how young she is, even though she is a legal adult.
I agree. I don't agree with Sarah Huckabee Sanders' politics at all, but I don't think she should have been kicked out of the restaurant. However, the restaurant does have the right to refuse service to her, and there's not much we can do about that.
Yes, I agree, and it's especially important for colleges to offer services like you mentioned.
I agree with your final paragraph, with the potential exception of "removing illegal immigrants who broke the law." Does that include "Dreamers"? I disagree with sending someone back to a country they have never called their own and possibly don't even speak the language of due to the actions of their parents. But other than that, I definitely agree with you, especially that the process needs to be more efficient. I was shocked to learn how long it takes to immigrate legally. People in dire financial or other situations simply cannot wait as long as the process requires at this point.
I doubt that it was intentional, but it's definitely racially insensitive in my opinion. I think of "baby daddy" as AAVE, and the fact that the inside of the card did not reflect the definition of the term, as well as the featuring of a black couple on the front, indicates to me that the creators of the card were trying to appeal to a certain demographic (i.e. black mothers) without actually researching the term and/or making an effort to understand their target audience.
I think it's a great step! Especially, as you point out, because exposure to people who are "different" is so important. I went to a majority white elementary school, and I remember being shocked my first year at a more diverse middle school when I saw someone coloring the people in a coloring book brown, rather than the "peach" color everyone used at my school. Now, I can't believe I had never considered that not everyone's skin color was "peach" until age 11. However, although I support the curriculum, I would be hesitant to suggest implementing it in every school, as teachers who "disagree" with the material might refuse to present it or present it in a negative light.
Do I support her post? Absolutely not. I think it's extremely irresponsible and self-absorbed of her to promote dangerous diet pills to a potentially vulnerable audience. Do I think that there should be restrictions and regulations posed by Instagram? No, not really. I can't see that working well. I hope that the backlash against Lewin has been visible enough to discourage people from using the product she's promoting.
I agree with her punishment. Although he pressured her to do the prank, she is still a legal adult and is responsible for her decision to pull the trigger. If she was serving 10 years, I would disagree, but as it stands her sentence seems appropriate to me.
I can't speak to the statistics on this, but I've definitely seen this happening in the past few years. I've worked a bit at an engineering company, and many of the current engineers only have bachelor's degrees, and yet all the engineers they hire have master's degrees. It's concerning to me because higher education is already so expensive and funding for master's programs is pretty limited.
Good point. There is definitely a difference between so called "hook up apps" and dating sites, even though both fall under "online dating." My comment about LGBT people just comes from the experience of a few of my friends, so it's definitely an over-generalization. I think it applies more to dating sites as well, rather than apps, as many gay and lesbian bars/clubs are geared towards hooking up (generalizing again). The odds of meeting a partner in "normal places" i.e. through work, school, etc. is just statistically lower for LGBT people.
I just did some research, and it looks like self-driving technology adds about 10,000+ to the price of a car now, but should go down over time. So yes, it's expensive, but not as high as I thought it would be actually.
Good points! I have heard that about doctors. If losing weight could help a patient's symptoms they should by all means go ahead and suggest it, but not dismiss a larger patient's concerns by blaming all their symptoms on their weight. I think there's a delicate balance there.
Even if that's the policy, calling the police seems like a bit of an overreaction, doesn't it?
White people are way more likely to be school shooters, but no one is calling the police on white people minding their own business.
That's a good comparison, I think the Rom-Com ideal of romance is also inaccurate and probably actually more influential than the Bachelor/Bachelorette, even though one is fictional and the other is "reality".
Really good point about Starbucks and Ben & Jerry's. If you don't want to support a particular cause, that's fine, but eating at Chick-fil-A is supporting a fast food company, and that's it. Sure, it supports the owners to some extent, but it also supports everyone else who works there.
Good point, and I'm sure that's why he apologized as well.
Agree with all your points! I do feel like if every car became self-driving, it might work, because then that aspect of human error wouldn't be there. I just don't think we could get to that point easily, or at all, because there are always going to be regular cars on the road at the same time.
Very good points! Thank you for your response!
Yeah, definitely agreed!
I agree, I can't see it catching on as a "neighborhood" sport so-to-speak. I also imagine it doesn't draw many children. Plus... it's boring (my opinion :p).
That's fair. I'll get back to you with my updated opinion after I have kids, lmao.
If there was a larger historical context of people systematically justifying the enslavement of people because they had supposedly egg shaped heads and were considered inferior beings, then yes, that would be racist.
Is that really all that matters though? I wish it wasn't politicized either, but it doesn't exist in a vacuum. What if it was going to be hosted in North Korea with all its human rights violations?
Sounds slimy! But I'd try it. What I won't do is try cockroach milk. Apparently that's a new superfood. No thanks!
Yeah, I agree. It would be a different story if Chick-fil-A was somehow promoting a homophobic message or something, but they're just selling fast food.
It's a really cute story! It reminds me of the sort of "wholesome meme" movement. I don't think it's anything new that people are uniting around a cute raccoon though, I think most people agree where cute animals are involved :)
I think that could be considered graphic and is definitely not necessary information. When they say someone died in a car crash, they don't add that they died by "flying through the windshield" or "breaking their neck". Why should coverage of suicide be different?
Like I said, she's gotta know about historical context of calling a black person "an ape," and chose to do it anyway. That's not "not seeing color." That's a racist comment. Also, you can be racist to one person, you don't have to address every single black person to be racist.
Gay people are going to be protected under the law when the Supreme Court rules that they are... so trying to change that is exactly what the couple was trying to do by taking the guy to court.
That would be interesting! How would you see that being measured?
Wait, am I understanding this right: all he did was eat at Chick-fil-A? I think it's silly that he should have to apologize, but I guess I can understand how he wants to avoid controversy at all costs. I support same-sex marriage, but I'd still go to Chick-fil-A. It's not like all of their employees have the exact same views as the CEO.
Yeah, arming teachers is a big no in my book.
In answer to your question, I suspect what you're thinking about are people protesting current gun control laws, i.e. advocating for more restriction, in opposition to influential groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), which donates a ton to politicians. Sorry if that wasn't what you were asking :)
Well, most people do. :)
Can't you get the same thing though from other forms of punishment, such as time outs?
There's no way that Roseanne was unaware of the historical context of calling a black person an ape, which plays into an extremely racist stereotype, though.
Glad you agree!
My problem with spanking is that it teaches children to fear their parents/guardians, which I think is wrong and outdated, and is probably where later aggression comes from. Kids should understand that their actions can have unpleasant consequences, but they shouldn't worry about enduring pain.
I think part of the fun in watching the Bachelor, for many people, is how fake and silly it is. That's why I'd argue against it influencing watchers, although there may be an argument to be made for younger watchers.
By objections I meant "exceptions," lol.
My point was that most liberals would be way more likely to defend Bee's "crossing the line," whereas most conservatives would be more likely to defend Roseanne's "crossing the line." That's a generalization of liberals and conservatives of course, and there will always be objections. But yeah, if you're neither a liberal nor a conservative, I can't really predict your behavior.
What if it allows people to perpetuate their behavior or find other like minded individuals (i.e. racists, pedos) that they wouldn't have otherwise? Thoughts?
You're right, I guess I was thinking of "racial discrimination," which would be a harder thing to determine.
Yeah, bork, that's kinda where I fall in line as well. Ban the actual illegal stuff, leave the distasteful/immoral stuff alone.
I agree! I think it's interesting that the article mentions that the coverage of Anthony Bourdain's death has already been better than the coverage of Kate Spade's, which indicates that the changes are relatively easy to make, and seem to be mostly driven by common sense, which is exactly what you use around your grieving friends etc.
Movies are a different subject, but I agree that explicit details of torture are insensitive as well. Suicide is a part of reality, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't change the way the media reports on it. If anything, the media sensationalizes it, which isn't really an accurate representation of reality anyway.
This is a really tough one for me, because I don't think that celebrities should be able to influence politics in this way, but I also agree with Kim Kardashian's actions here and I'm glad that Johnson was pardoned. I guess I wish that things like this could be changed from the bottom up rather than the top down, if that makes sense. I'm sure there are hundreds or thousands more people like Johnson who need help, and it's fortunate that Kim Kardashian was able to help her, but it shouldn't have come to a celebrity needing to use her influence.
I'm sure they did go elsewhere, but I think they were challenging the sentiment of the baker in order to make sure gay rights are protected under anti-discrimination laws (which the Supreme Court decided not to determine), not just trying to punish this one baker. But yeah, it sucks for him, lol.
That's a good point, and goes along with the fact that they ultimately banned most of these subreddits after they were picked up by a news outlet or something.
I don't think that's really a good comparison... for one, torture isn't really reported in explicit detail either, and two, I think people are less likely to be driven to torture people from media than to be driven to commit suicide. I agree that we shouldn't shy away from reporting on suicide, but I disagree that us "liking to know" about something is a good enough reason to report about it in detail. Even if there wasn't a chance of influencing others to commit suicide, isn't reporting on all the gory details of a person's suicide kind of disrespectful? If it was your own friend or family member, you would probably to maintain some privacy, but we don't usually afford that to celebrities who kill themselves.
I agree that human trafficking is a major and horrible issue, but Southwest should have policies in place requiring them to do such checks, rather than employees taking it upon themselves to basically profile children and parents before deciding to ask. I was unsure if they had a policy in place when I posted this, but I found that they didn't, so the situation is a little more contentious and the family's anger more understandable.
Yeah, that part sucks. I kinda wish she hadn't been the star of the show so maybe the show itself could have continued on.
Roseanne should have been aware of that when she decided to post to twitter, though. When you're a celebrity like she is, you can't expect your "personal scuffle" on twitter to not be seen and judged by other people.
Free speech plays in, that's why she isn't being arrested. But yeah, Disney has the right, as a company, to fire her for something she says. That's not violating free speech laws.
I have no problem with someone identifying as Libertarian either, but just do your research and be prepared to defend your opinions, because as soon as you identify with a political group, people will naturally challenge your views. I've heard libertarianism jokingly referred to as "when you love weed but hate the poor," so do with that what you will :)
So you'd support them banning something like jailbait, but not something like incels or fat people hate? What about something like coontown, which was used for hate against black people? Does that qualify as illegal, because it's racist, or not? (sorry if these questions sound aggressive, I'm clarifying, not disagreeing :) )
Are you the same person using two accounts, or what do you mean that you mentioned? Anyway, the point isn't that this one baker refused to make a cake for a couple, the point is that gays are still legally allowed to be discriminated against. The baker, and the couple, are a representation of larger laws. Yes, it sucks that he had to go to the Supreme Court, but that's the way our justice system utilizes constitutional review.
You got me, I'm writing this from jail :). Anyway, agree to disagree then. Drugs ruin lives. The drug trade ruins lives (and takes lives, particularly in other countries). Your neighborhood pot dealer doesn't. Sure, he should be punished, but I think the United States' current punishments are often too harsh.
I doubt they're trying to punish the baker--I'm sure that plenty of cake shops would serve them. Rather, they're trying to ensure that gays are protected under anti-discrimination laws. Additionally, if your argument is that the beliefs of the baker and the gay couple are equal, who determines whose beliefs are worthy of respecting? Going back to the Nazi thing, I know that's not the focus of your argument, but it is a good example. Should we respect a Nazi's belief that Jews should be killed? Obviously not, but how do we determine what beliefs to respect?
That's interesting; I automatically assumed that their job market was already saturated because they required remote jobs for the program. Maybe their hope is that people will shift into the job market more gradually this way. Thanks for sharing more info!
We should always question the motives of the United States' involvement in foreign countries, hasn't the invasion of Iraq showed us that? Also, what's hypocritical or suspicious about my statements? I don't think indigent people who play small roles in the drug trade, many of whom see no other way to survive, should be serving life sentences.
The issue is whether your right to deny service to an entire group of people, such as gay people, goes against anti-discrimination laws. The Supreme Court dodged this issue, but I think it should constitute discrimination. Would it have been okay if the Baker denied a couple because they were Christian and he was atheist? I say no. Nazis, in my view, are not a group of people that can be "discriminated" against in the same way someone can discriminate against a religious group or certain sexuality. You can refuse to serve individuals who espouse Nazism all you want, but you shouldn't be able to discriminate against people regarding their race, ethnicity, religion, or sexuality.
As a college student or recent graduate, sure, I'd move for 10,000. If I had a family, however, I don't think I would be willing to. Remote jobs, in my experience, also tend to be short term project based jobs, so I don't know if the initiative will truly help grow the state's population in the long term.
I agree, and I'm glad that the training was seemingly carefully and contientiously designed. I hope that it is helpful and I think it is a good step. I'm not sure what more can be done, other than firing the blatant racists, but that only happens after something racist occurs.
Wanna elaborate? :)
I don't think the joke was in great taste, but I agree that he shouldn't have been arrested. It seems like an overreaction. However, the UK has more serious laws surrounding Nazi propaganda, probably for good reason.
I agree that her comment crossed a line for me, but where that line "should be" is really impossible to determine. Sure, we can say certain words are out of bounds, but what about Trump mocking a disabled reporter? I agree with you, I just don't think we will ever be able to agree on "how far" someone can go; it's just too subjective and often partisan (you'll notice Bee's defenders are probably liberals, while those who defend the comments of Roseanne Barr, for example, are probably conservatives, with little overlap).
Is it a white supremacist symbol? No. Do white supremacists use it? Probably (I haven't really checked). I think it's important to distinguish between those two. I imagine the former is more interesting/attention-grabbing, which is why it might be framed that way.
True... and I doubt we will ever know the actual intentions of the employee, just due to the nature of this sort of "viral" incident.
Agreed. Once someone's license is suspended, I imagine they fall further behind on payment, as they probably need their license to get to work. There should be some sort of appeal or vetting process for this.
To clarify, I just looked up Southwest's apology, and they stated: "Although some international travel requires additional paperwork for leaving the country with a minor, domestic travel does not require airlines to match the last name of a child and guardian." So looks like it isn't anti-trafficking policy, which someone had suggested on twitter (not the most reliable source, I should have known...).
I agree with you. I personally support the publicly protesting players, but I also support the NFL's right to restrict their protesting. I suspect that most people NFL owners disagree with the protesting players, but I imagine if they had ruled that all players have to stand for the anthem, there would be massive backlash. In the end, I understand their decision to give the players options and I'm happy with the "compromise," so to speak.
I agree that the legacy system perpetuates elitism, and I would support getting rid of it. If you have a strong family and emotional connection to the school, maybe that can be included in your personal statement, but the fact that a parent attended a school shouldn't improve your chances.
I think the internet (and social media) lends itself towards extremism in general, because we can easily position ourselves to only see material that we already agree with, so we lack that middle ground that comes from debating and partially agreeing and all that. Interesting article, thanks for sharing!
Would you give up your freedom for all the things you mentioned? I don't think prison is a torture chamber, nor should it be. It's the imprisonment that's the punishment, not the conditions of the prison.
Good point about social media. I feel like social media posts are sometimes given more leniency when the opposite should be true!
I absolutely agree with you. One good way I've heard the show described is "anti-bullying, but not anti-suicide." Obviously the suicide on the show is portrayed as sad, but it also allows the other characters to grow and realize how they deeply hurt someone. While this is a good anti-bullying sentiment, this is NOT anti-suicide. I'm generalizing here, but people who are suicidal often want their death to "teach others a lesson," meaning that they hope that their death will finally help others understand how much they've been hurt, misunderstood, how hopeless they are, etc.. Showing suicide as a way to achieve some sort of deeper understanding, as the show does, is incredibly dangerous. Additionally, the show hardly discusses mental health. The main character, Hannah, is clearly mentally ill if she is willing to take her own life, but the show instead focuses on the bullying and trauma that she goes through. While bullying and trauma can be factors in suicide, mental illness is what ultimately drives someone to commit suicide. Where that mental illness comes from, whether it's driven by someone's environment or not, shouldn't matter. The point is that suicidal people need treatment in the form of therapy and/or medication. Mental health is something that should be discussed when we talk about suicide, and it is basically completely absent from the show. I don't support the show either.
I think that obesity, if it stems from the kind of uncontrolled overeating that the article describes, should be treated as a mental illness and overcome with therapy and treatment. Obese people know that they're obese, and they know that they're eating too much. Shaming them won't help them change.
I disagree that our nation should be based on the "absolutes" of the Bible. I'm a Christian, but I acknowledge that the Bible was written in a very different time and context, and certain practices and moral standards put forth in the Bible should not be applied to our society today. For example: "Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death" (Exodus 31:15). Is not putting people to death for working on Sunday considering a shifting moral principle? Perhaps, but I have to support such change.
I'm not sure how I feel about the term "reverse racism," but I agree that we need to acknowledge that decades of structural racism is very different than someone making a rude remark. Sure, people of all races can be prejudiced--but within America, only certain races have faced years and years of institutionalized racism.
I think that weed is a drug and should be treated as such, but in the same way that alcohol is a drug. In other words, I think that it should be legalized but restricted, and people should learn how to use it safely if they choose to do so (like alcohol). I also agree that it should be regulated, and I think allowing it to be regulated will make it much safer and less of a risk to partake in.
I agree that people should be organ donors, but no one should be forced to be one. Denying someone a potentially life-saving surgery because of their organ donor status is effectively doing that.
It seems like straight up religious discrimination to me. I understand that France is a secular country, but wearing modest swimwear in one's own time isn't making some huge religious statement.
I've worked for minimum wage in Texas ($7.25/hr) and I acknowledge that few people can live on that. However, a $15/hr minimum wage seems too high to me. If everyone was making that much, stores would theoretically raise their prices, leading to inflation. Additionally, I can see that causing an uptick in the illegal (and underpaid) employment of undocumented immigrants for lower wages. Although it would help low wage workers in the short term, the long term effects of such a raise would be negative. That being said, I could support a smaller raise.
Agreed. I was struck by this line from the article: "going live in Walgreens stores meant exposing the general population to what was essentially a big unauthorized research experiment." It's disgusting that Holmes and Balwani (and probably others) would value money over human health concerns. Faulty blood tests could be really dangerous, for example, if a test failed to show an issue with someone's blood, it might prevent that person from getting medical attention.
Good point! I'm reminded of the semi-recent situation with reddit where people were crying "free speech!" about the reddit admin deleting some controversial forums... people seem to forget (or not know) what the government definition of "free speech" is.
I agree; I question the morality of deciding who lives and who dies, as well as the effect on the people who make that decision. I think a life sentence in prison is an appropriate punishment for horrible crimes. I also agree that getting rid of the death penalty would give innocent people more time to appeal their case, without the possibility of executing them before ever discovering their innocence--which is quite an awful thought.
From talking to people who have one or the other, I'd say they are definitely different. Awareness of gluten intolerance has recently become more prevalent, and many people have stopped eating gluten and experienced positive effects that had previously eaten it for decades. A person who develops Celiac's disease will know something is wrong due to the severity of the reaction they have.
I agree. I also think in many cases, people latch on to something like video games because they don't want to address more serious, difficult causes of gun violence like our societal values, our gun control laws, or mental health issues. It's easier to say "stop kids from playing video games" than "we need real, difficult change."
I disagree with you on your opinion that the NRA should be heavily involved. The NRA is distinctly partisan and fairly controversial at the moment, so their involvement or leadership would mean isolating many populations for the cause. However, I agree with the need for a national organization to address school shootings.
Good point about regular news being entertainment as well.