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This discussion reminds me of the difficulty some people have in identifying harassment, because the same behavior can be perceived entirely differently depending on who is doing it. I once had a somewhat lecherous boss who was in the habit of coming up behind female staff and kneading their shoulders (think GW Bush and Angela Merkel). It was all you could do to keep from giving him an elbow in the stomach and saying "Get your hands off me!" I later had another boss, a great guy, who would come up and knead your shoulders in a completely friendly fashion (he did this to either males or females). No hackles rose. The first guy would no doubt use the second guy as a defense to try to prove he didn't mean anything by his actions (or that women are oversensitive), but in fact the two individuals came across completely differently to the recipient, based on their overall behavior, not just this one action of kneading shoulders.
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Actual conversation heard between two guys I knew in college (at a state university) in the 1960's: "We should go visit the University of Chicago some weekend. The girls there are all atheists, and they'll have sex with ANYBODY." Some guys may still be under this impression.
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When our first child turned one, we went to an art fair, where we encountered the parents of a child newly turned two. They told us, "You think the first year is amazing, but wait until the second year, when they start talking." We couldn't believe anything would be more exciting than the first year, but they were right. Keep enjoying! (Said child is probably about your age now, and we are still enjoying her and the others.)
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Whenever anti-evolution or intelligent design types talk about the wonders of the human body and how it had to be divinely designed, mental illness is my counter-example. What kind of god would design a brain with such terrible potential deficiencies, and all the pain they cause? My thoughts are with you in your struggle.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2010 on Spread the Love at Obsidian Wings
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My main argument with the stimulus is not the timing, because as almost everyone above points out, the effects of this recession are long-lasting. Mine is with the lack of impact on jobs. Construction jobs in our area are about to shut down for the winter, and current employees are working a lot of overtime, but new people have not been hired. Extending unemployment benefits is fine but doesn't help people find jobs (and encourages some people not to bother looking). It bothers me that while banks and investment firms seem to be doing fine and are able to pay big bonuses again, too many people have lost jobs and can't find a new one.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2009 on And this is the point ..... at Obsidian Wings
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Yes, it was annoying that when Rumsfeld first used the phrase he was credited with originating it, and to have Scalia corroborate his "coinage" just increases the aggravation. I too thought it was an insightful phrase when I first heard it, and I wish I could remember when that was, but it also unrelated to aerospace. It might have come from the sciences somewhere.
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2009 on Scalia Makes a Funny at Obsidian Wings
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Unfortunately I see the evidence of this in my own family. People who before 9/11 were traditional conservatives now believe that only Fox News and Rush are telling the truth. For some reason, to be a conservative in this sense now, you have to believe in torture (even if you are a Christian) and you have to believe that global warming is a liberal hoax. However, now that Bush is out of office, you can denounce anything about him that you did not like as him not being a "true Conservative". Cheney is the quintessential "true conservative", and Bush went wrong when he stopped listening to Cheney. It's pretty scary that these people no longer think for themselves, and yet they believe that those of us who are liberals are the ones who are brainwashed.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2009 on The Method of Cheney's Madness at Obsidian Wings
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