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#1 Jul 02 2012 at 10:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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"I can't believe Anderson Cooper is gay!" Said no one, ever.

Slow news day. In other news, Obama has promised to focus on the War on Drugs in his second term. Similar to his "evolving views on marriage," I see it as mostly lip-service to get the pro-legalization folks in the Democratic base a bit more excited, but it's at least something to look forward to if he gets reelected. I don't see him as pushing legalization, but perhaps dismantling or cutting the severity of anti-drug laws would be a good first step.

Oh, and Rupert Murdoch has apparently started tweeting about the evil of Scientology. 'Cuz, yeah, why not.

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I was watching Married with Children earlier, and it was the episode where Al falls from the second story window and regains consciousness claiming he saw God's Shoes and spends the rest of the episode obsessing over them. Which isn't that big a deal, though it was amusing. What did get me to start thinking was that now, more than a decade later, we have shoes with toes similar to Al's divine shoe design. That, in turn, makes me wonder how far along we really are for the flying cars we were promised.

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That, in turn, makes me wonder how far along we really are for the flying cars we were promised.


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In quasi-related news, the Chicago City Council voted 43-3 last week to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and make it a ticketable offense.
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In Augusta (ME) last week they voted in favor of adding tobacco products to the litter law - $100 fine for dropping your butt.
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Jefferson Parish (LA) public school teachers are upset because the school board decided rather than just renew the contract they've been working under for years that it was time to review it and rewrite it.
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Jefferson Parish (LA) public school teachers are upset because the school board decided rather than just renew the contract they've been working under for years that it was time to review it and rewrite it.

How upset are they?
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In Augusta (ME) last week they voted in favor of adding tobacco products to the litter law - $100 fine for dropping your butt.


I hope that they're providing enough garbage cans on high foot-traffic streets then.
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Jefferson Parish (LA) public school teachers are upset because the school board decided rather than just renew the contract they've been working under for years that it was time to review it and rewrite it.

How upset are they?


They're staging *gasp* a rally tonight.
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In Augusta (ME) last week they voted in favor of adding tobacco products to the litter law - $100 fine for dropping your butt.


I hope that they're providing enough garbage cans on high foot-traffic streets then.

Seriously? It's a freaking cigarette butt. Only slightly more massive than a gum wrapper. I doubt there will be a sudden overflow of waste receptacles city wide.

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In Augusta (ME) last week they voted in favor of adding tobacco products to the litter law - $100 fine for dropping your butt.


I hope that they're providing enough garbage cans on high foot-traffic streets then.

Seriously? It's a freaking cigarette butt. Only slightly more massive than a gum wrapper. I doubt there will be a sudden overflow of waste receptacles city wide.


I always cringe when ever I see people driving in front of me flip their butts out the window. They smoke in their cars, but heaven forbid they keep a small tray to carry the butts? I don't toss my bottles out the window when I'm done drinking. I don't toss my wrappers out the window when I'm done snacking on the stick of beef jerky I picked up at the gas station. I'm pretty sure those smokers don't do that either. But apparently they have no problems tossing those butts. It's like people don't think of butts as garbage. Before my workplace restricted smoking (now only allowed to in one break area outside) there were butts all over the parking lot and at every entrance. They'd just throw them on the ground, step on them, and walk away.

The thing I'd worry about is people throwing lit butts into a standard garbage can and it catching fire. They used to do that at work all the time, and suddenly there'd be a barrel on fire.
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In quasi-related news, the Chicago City Council voted 43-3 last week to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and make it a ticketable offense.

Link?

I have some, uhh, friends that will be very interested in this decision.
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Emanuel already said he supported it.
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The smoker obviously didn't care about the toxic substance getting in his or her lungs or the lungs of his or her fellow passengers while smoking it. Why care once the burning is complete?
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The smoker obviously didn't care about the toxic substance getting in his or her lungs or the lungs of his or her fellow passengers while smoking it. Why care once the burning is complete?


Hard to say, but having been a smoker, I'm going to assume it was related to the crippling physical addiction. We can argue about if falling prey to an addiction of some sort is a character flaw or not, but assuming it's really idiotic to try an ascribe some self righteous moral judgement to the in the moment action of an addict.

I'm going to go ahead and assume you never smoked or at least not enough to form a habit. I'm assuming that because it's the only possible way I can imagine anyone being so mind numbingly blind to such obvious factors. I'm glad the marketing campaign worked and you see smoking as "uncool".

Try to imagine yourself making the same post about someone with stomach cancer who became addicted to morphine and is having trouble stopping after beating the disease.
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Try to imagine yourself making the same post about someone with stomach cancer who became addicted to morphine and is having trouble stopping after beating the disease.

I'd gladly switch nicotine for morphine, but those a-holes at the hospital keep telling me no.
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The smoker obviously didn't care about the toxic substance getting in his or her lungs or the lungs of his or her fellow passengers while smoking it. Why care once the burning is complete?


Hard to say, but having been a smoker, I'm going to assume it was related to the crippling physical addiction. We can argue about if falling prey to an addiction of some sort is a character flaw or not, but assuming it's really idiotic to try an ascribe some self righteous moral judgement to the in the moment action of an addict.


Regardless of why they feel the need to smoke, they should be able to properly dispose of their butts.

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I'm going to go ahead and assume you never smoked or at least not enough to form a habit. I'm assuming that because it's the only possible way I can imagine anyone being so mind numbingly blind to such obvious factors. I'm glad the marketing campaign worked and you see smoking as "uncool".


Beyond a few times here and there, never. I don't care if they smoke, or smoke around me. I don't have a problem going to a bar and coming home with my clothes smelling of stale smoke. Ok, I don't like waking up hung over, having not removed the previous nights' shirt and smelling stale smoke that early, but I don't blame the smokers for that. But they can at least clean up after themselves.

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Try to imagine yourself making the same post about someone with stomach cancer who became addicted to morphine and is having trouble stopping after beating the disease.


If they were throwing their empty pill bottles needles on the streets or parking lots? Maybe.

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I'd gladly switch nicotine for morphine, but those a-holes at the hospital keep telling me no.


I actually lied, earlier. I still smoke, I'm down to about 3 a day. Not in the car, not in the house, and comically, because I have children, not near them. In addition to that, because I married Nexa, I can't really smoke near the house, because we live in a neighborhood full of children and their parents are the sort of sickening people who jog, wander over and visit and the like. Not only do none of them smoke, but they are basically a sit com rogues gallery of people who would most be offended by smoking. Our two nearest neighbors are literally a family medicine doctor and a firefighter.

So, I have to find opportune times to get in my car and drive 5 miles away to smoke.
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Regardless of why they feel the need to smoke, they should be able to properly dispose of their butts.


Yes, I see your point. If only we could invent some sort of giant machine that would clean the streets of tiny pieces of cotton and paper and plant matter. With some sort of "sweeping" motion perhaps....

You understand there's a metaphorical line that can be crossed where good intentions become hectoring nannyism, right? You're on the other side of it here.
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This seems like a good thread to mention that I'm still not smoking. Been... five weeks now? Six? When was Memorial Day?

Anyway, yeah. That.
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This seems like a good thread to mention that I'm still not smoking. Been... five weeks now? Six? When was Memorial Day?

Anyway, yeah. That.


Good work! I know it's not easy. Or if it is, @#%^ you!
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Yes, I see your point. If only we could invent some sort of giant machine that would clean the streets of tiny pieces of cotton and paper and plant matter. With some sort of "sweeping" motion perhaps..


If only these magical sweeping machines were used everywhere. Too bad for those places without such magical machines.
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#25 Jul 02 2012 at 8:22 PM Rating: Excellent
Around here the fine is specifically for "ejecting a burning item from your vehicle".

Seeing as the Black Hills tends to burn to the ground with some regularity, that does make sense.

On a side note, I see some new cars these days are not equiped with ashtrays at all. Why is Detroit in the biz of social engineering?
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On a side note, I see some new cars these days are not equiped with ashtrays at all. Why is Detroit in the biz of social engineering?

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On a side note, I see some new cars these days are not equiped with ashtrays at all. Why is Detroit in the biz of social engineering?

GM is owned by Obama. Smiley: tinfoilhat
Isn't Obama an smoker?

I'll bet that rat Romney don't smoke.Smiley: bah
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I'm just gonna watch this discussion from the sidelines as I puff on my e-cig...
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e-cigs are for wussies.

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If only these magical sweeping machines were used everywhere. Too bad for those places without such magical machines.


@#%^, where do they not clean the streets? Wherever that might be, the lucky bastards that have managed to build some sort of internal combustion transport device deserve to be able to throw things out of the windows, in a simple act of charity, allowing the other hillbillies in the holler to spin tunics out of the cotton from filters.

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If only these magical sweeping machines were used everywhere. Too bad for those places without such magical machines.


@#%^, where do they not clean the streets?


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Those damn Street Zambonis are annoying every other day.
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Those damn Street Zambonis are annoying every other day.

Especially when you work nights and try to sleep at mid-day.
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#35 Jul 02 2012 at 9:52 PM Rating: Good
What, none of you geeks are excited CERN is going to announce they pretty much found the Higgs Boson on the 4th? I am disappoint.
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What, none of you geeks are excited CERN is going to announce they pretty much found the Higgs Boson on the 4th? I am disappoint.


I'll believe it when they say it. The last big announcement was underwhelming (was the "non carbon life" thing, if I remember right?), makes me very skeptical to get excited prior to the hyped release of fringe science 'news'.
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I already have a higgs boson. Thats how you get the admin hat around here. You find theoretical physics particles, and then they let you ban things. Darqflame found the 4th Quark (it was hiding under a ferengi)
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CERN had nothing to do with that, sh*tty US scientists did. It's my understanding that the announcement that'll come out the 4th is that two different teams working with the LHG have found evidence of the higgs pretty much where they thought they would find it. They'll be pretty subdued about the announcement though, considering media outlets are already saying "OMG, THEY FOUND THE "GOD PARTICLE!".

I'm looking at you, Hufingtonpost.
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Is Smash really arguing that littering is acceptable because someone will come along and clean it up?
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Is Smash really arguing that littering is acceptable because someone will come along and clean it up?

That's what prison labor is for. Gotta keep all those cons workin'.
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In Augusta (ME) last week they voted in favor of adding tobacco products to the litter law - $100 fine for dropping your butt.


I hope that they're providing enough garbage cans on high foot-traffic streets then.

Seriously? It's a freaking cigarette butt. Only slightly more massive than a gum wrapper. I doubt there will be a sudden overflow of waste receptacles city wide.


I always cringe when ever I see people driving in front of me flip their butts out the window. They smoke in their cars, but heaven forbid they keep a small tray to carry the butts? I don't toss my bottles out the window when I'm done drinking. I don't toss my wrappers out the window when I'm done snacking on the stick of beef jerky I picked up at the gas station. I'm pretty sure those smokers don't do that either. But apparently they have no problems tossing those butts. It's like people don't think of butts as garbage. Before my workplace restricted smoking (now only allowed to in one break area outside) there were butts all over the parking lot and at every entrance. They'd just throw them on the ground, step on them, and walk away.

The thing I'd worry about is people throwing lit butts into a standard garbage can and it catching fire. They used to do that at work all the time, and suddenly there'd be a barrel on fire.


I just hold onto my butts until I reach a garbage or ashtray. I never understand why people can't just put their butts in an ash tray in their car, and just empty the ashtray at the first chance, or why anyone would neglect to put their cigarettes out before throwing them in the trash. I just tend to assume those people are stupid.
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CERN had nothing to do with that, sh*tty US scientists did. It's my understanding that the announcement that'll come out the 4th is that two different teams working with the LHG have found evidence of the higgs pretty much where they thought they would find it. They'll be pretty subdued about the announcement though, considering media outlets are already saying "OMG, THEY FOUND THE "GOD PARTICLE!".

I'm looking at you, Hufingtonpost.


Yeah, AFAIK they didn't find it yet; they found its "footprint."

In other news, we've found Big Foot's footprint too!!!

(Granted, I put more stock in Higgs boson research, but that old adage about chickens and hatching and counting and whatnot applies).
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Yeah, AFAIK they didn't find it yet; they found its "footprint."

In other news, we've found Big Foot's footprint too!!!


That was the exact same thing my new overnight bellman @ work told me when discussing this with him. I then had to try to carefully explain that just because the media calls the higgs-boson the "god particle" doesn't mean science has found god, rather science has, almost, found what gives particles mass & finding this will confirm the standard model.

He still got mad & stormed off. Smiley: banghead

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This seems like a good thread to mention that I'm still not smoking. Been... five weeks now? Six? When was Memorial Day?

Anyway, yeah. That.


Good work! I know it's not easy. Or if it is, @#%^ you!

No, it's still not easy. I'm currently living with my sister and her boyfriend. They smoke.

Ugh.

Moving in a week and a half though, yay!
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I haven't bought cigarettes in a while but if I'm out with friends (particularly if we're drinking) and someone offers one, I don't quite have the willpower to say 'no'.
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#49 Jul 03 2012 at 7:40 AM Rating: Good
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Spoonless wrote:
I haven't bought cigarettes in a while but if I'm out with friends (particularly if we're drinking) and someone offers one, I don't quite have the willpower to say 'no'.

I find myself in that boat. Only when I've had a few drinks though. I don't get cravings though, which is strange.
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