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#3902 Jul 18 2017 at 9:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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Congratulations on kicking ISIL out of Mosul! You've taken another step towards making the middle east a beacon of democracy and freedom!

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Edited, Jul 18th 2017 8:18am by someproteinguy
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Congratulations on kicking ISIL out of Mosul!
But your lives are under the rubble.
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#3904 Jul 18 2017 at 10:54 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm sure we'll find more democracy in the castle.

In related thoughts, I've often found it odd just how much of a barren wasteland so many of these areas are. This isn't like rich farm land, or anything, it's a non-stop stretch of barely habitable sand and rock. Like why are people even living there in the first place? Why not just leave a few people to work the oil pumps and move elsewhere? Would probably be a better use of our tax dollars. Suppose Europe wouldn't be on-board with that though. Besides I say the same things about Vegas, so whatever. At least Vegas has tempting vices.
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#3905 Jul 19 2017 at 7:27 AM Rating: Good
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Like why are people even living there in the first place?
Mostly that it isn't cheap to move, or not wanting to move from friends and family. Same reasons people still live in Kentucky.
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In the case of Mosul, it's situated along a river and has a major airport. There's also a big university there and a medical college. Or "was" with the war but a couple decades ago, I imagine it had a decent economy and reasons to live there. Apparently the locally produced goods are oil and marble. Since it's along a river, I'll assume it is or was suitable for farming at some point.
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#3907 Jul 19 2017 at 10:42 AM Rating: Good
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Well, it was the capital of the Assyrian empire (formerly known as Nineveh, when it was the largest city in the world) so presumably it was nice back in the day.
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someproteinguy wrote:
Congratulations on kicking ISIL out of Mosul! You've taken another step towards making the middle east a beacon of democracy and freedom!

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Congratulations on kicking ISIL out of Mosul!
But your lives are under the rubble.

Next on "Fixer Upper" Chip and Joanna nag their way through restoring a charming, post-civil war neighborhood in lovely downtown Mosul.
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You know the drill.

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#3910 Jul 19 2017 at 7:28 PM Rating: Good
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It's the thing with the spinning sharp bit, right?
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#3911 Jul 24 2017 at 9:59 AM Rating: Good
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Trump should follow China's example.

Freaking Canadians!
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#3912 Jul 24 2017 at 10:17 AM Rating: Good
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Best to quarantine for Beiber Fever while searching for a cure.
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#3913 Jul 27 2017 at 1:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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Two 15 year old dogs with a variety of health issues and 3 kids running wild in an immaculately clean house. This week of dogsitting/housesitting would be amusing if I wasn't me. So glad to be back home tonight. Smiley: rolleyes
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#3914 Aug 03 2017 at 10:03 AM Rating: Excellent
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Does using plus size models on the catwalk promote positive self-image and embrace body-type diversity or does it glorify obesity and normalize unhealthy lifestyles? Apparently there are people in Australia that think about these kinds of things while watching women in swimsuits parade around stage.

Australia is weird.

Edited, Aug 3rd 2017 9:10am by someproteinguy
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#3915 Aug 03 2017 at 10:11 AM Rating: Good
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Forget the plus size models, what the hell is a space alien doing in that line up?!
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#3916 Aug 03 2017 at 10:30 AM Rating: Excellent
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Hopefully helping young impressionable aliens be happy with the body Zakn'ar has given them.
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#3917 Aug 03 2017 at 10:54 AM Rating: Good
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New Jersey police are searching for a sicko caught pleasuring himself during a showing of the kid’s flick “Emoji Movie,” News 12 reported.

A woman watching the film with her children at the Xscape Movie Theater on Route 9 in Howell on Friday says she witnessed the creep performing a lewd act.

The theater manager asked the man — who was seated alone in the back row with his pants unbuttoned and unzipped –to leave.

Cops said they are searching for the man, described as heavyset, in his 20s or 30s, wearing a white dress shirt, black pants and a yarmulke.
Probably the only person to give the movie a good review.

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#3918 Aug 03 2017 at 1:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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Animated smiley faces has to be a tough kink to have. You see the darn things everywhere, and obviously Rule 34 hasn't yielded enough material to keep a person satisfied yet. Can't be an easy life.
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#3919 Aug 04 2017 at 12:22 PM Rating: Good
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There's a pretty good chance there's going to be a mass shooting here because if I hear that damn Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline" car commercial one more time I'm going to lose it.
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#3920 Aug 05 2017 at 11:09 AM Rating: Good
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I don't know if any of you watched, but last night was the 600th and final episode of @midnight.

I loved that show, gonna miss it.
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#3921 Aug 07 2017 at 7:20 AM Rating: Good
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I got excited Weird Al was on the show. And then he wasn't. Really threw me off.

Also was weird that Benson wasn't there at all.
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#3922 Aug 07 2017 at 10:53 AM Rating: Good
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Now that you mention it, where the **** was Doug Benson. I believe that him and Ron Funches won more shows than anyone.
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As some people may or may not know... I am an Electrical Engineer for a car manufacturer. I have a degrees in EE, and a Master Electrician license.

This past week, I've been in some somewhat serious arguments with a Plant Manager in a building I am in charge of (electrically). When he first started a few years ago, he said it was OK for operators to bring their personal radios on the shop floor. I was against it for safety reasons (I have no control over the quality of cabling, etc from random people's personal ****).

So today a machine operator calls me over to a machine, and says her machine just stopped working. I look and see the power is out, so I check the receps. No power, nothing wrong with the GFCI. Breaker is tripped. I try to reset it, and it trips instantly. Huh. Start investigating the machine for damage, nothing. Happen to glance a couple feet away at another recep, there a plug with no attached cord sticking in it. Wires exposed. Shorting the plug.

I ask the operator what's up with that? She says "Oh, I was trying to plug my radio in and it got stuck". So I look at her radio and the cable is chewed up and covered in tape. The plug she tried to plug in was chewed up and falling apart. Needless to say I took pictures of everything, sent emails out to the Manager, Supervisors, and the VP of Operations, about the serious safety hazard the Manager has caused by allowing operators to bring personal electronics in unrestricted...

This is the same guy who said it was my fault that a forklift hit me while I was on a ladder working on a machine. That was two weeks after he started his position. I have had zero respect for the man since then.



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So today a machine operator calls me over to a machine, and says her machine just stopped working. I look and see the power is out, so I check the receps. No power, nothing wrong with the GFCI. Breaker is tripped. I try to reset it, and it trips instantly. Huh. Start investigating the machine for damage, nothing. Happen to glance a couple feet away at another recep, there a plug with no attached cord sticking in it. Wires exposed. Shorting the plug.

I ask the operator what's up with that? She says "Oh, I was trying to plug my radio in and it got stuck". So I look at her radio and the cable is chewed up and covered in tape. The plug she tried to plug in was chewed up and falling apart. Needless to say I took pictures of everything, sent emails out to the Manager, Supervisors, and the VP of Operations, about the serious safety hazard the Manager has caused by allowing operators to bring personal electronics in unrestricted...


Hah! What I love about this is the silly familiar inability of most people working in what are supposed to be technical careers, but who have zero (or less if that's even possible) basic debugging skills. Silly me, but if I plug something in, and then the power stops working on something else plugged in nearby, my very first assumption is that one action caused the other reaction. At the very least "what did you do right before it broke" is always a good starting point when trying to figure out why something isn't working. You'd be shocked (actually, you probably wouldn't, but other folks maybe would be) how often the initial story is "I didn't do anything! It just stopped working on its own.", and after spending a ridiculous amount of time, finally wresting out of them that they did something very obvious and clear that caused the problem. And it's not even that they're trying to conceal what they did. They honestly didn't see the correlation. Which is scary.

Now I might dismiss this kind of thing because it's an operator and not an engineer, but um... many engineers are just as bad: "Hey! I was running this command yesterday and it worked, and now it tells me 'command not found'". "Did you change anything between yesterday and today?". "No. Nothing". <I spend time figuring out that there's a syntax error in one of their source files>. "Here's the problem. This file has a syntax error, which is causing the source to fail, which prevents your environment from loading. Do you know how that error got there". "Oh. Yeah. I was editing that file to add a new alias to my environment this morning." <facepalm>.

Or: "This command isn't working". "Does it output any errors or warnings?". "No. I get nothing". "Nothing at all? Just a blank screen? Blinking cursor? Does it crash the software? The entire environment? Your login session?" "Nope. Nothing at all" (ps: There's always "something" that happens, so this is always a false statement). <spends time replicating users environment to duplicate problem> "Um... You didn't notice the line of text immediately after the command you typed that said "Error: no read/wriite permission for <path to important file that needs to be opened rw>". "Oh. That? I didn't think it was important". <facepalm>

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This is the same guy who said it was my fault that a forklift hit me while I was on a ladder working on a machine. That was two weeks after he started his position. I have had zero respect for the man since then.


Well, clearly you shouldn't have been on that ladder where the forklift needed to operate. Also, if your bosses paid their operators better, they'd be able to have better radios.

Also: Who listens to a portable radio these days? I can't remember the last time I saw such a thing. Where they heck is this plant you're working at anyway?
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Also: Who listens to a portable radio these days? I can't remember the last time I saw such a thing. Where they heck is this plant you're working at anyway?


Operators are not allowed to have cell phones on the factory floor. So when the manager said they could listen to music at their work stations, their options were limited. But the manager didn't set limits. So people are bringing in concert grade stereo equipment and setting it up on the floor, blasting bass enough that it shakes my office 150 feet away. But the manager refused to do anything about it when I contacted him earlier this week (That was the start of the latest argument I had with him).

One day, early in the morning on 3rd shift, the power went out. Issue at the power company, nothing I could do. But the power was out for about 7 hours total. I arrive about 3 hours after the power goes out to find all the operators just wandering around in a dark building. Some rooms had zero light, but operators still walking around. No one working due to no power.

I told the manager that he needs to get the operators out of the building. It's not safe for them to wander a factory in the dark. He gets angry at me, "Why don't the emergency lights work?" I have to explain to him that the emergency lighting isn't meant to keep the building lit for an unlimited time. They are designed to provide the required lumens for one hour so that people can safely evacuate the area.

Then he tells me, "Well, what am I supposed to do? We don't have any written procedure". I just walked away, left him to let 100 people wander around in a pitch black building full of industrial equipment.

Have I mentioned I almost zero respect for this man?
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Then he tells me, "Well, what am I supposed to do? We don't have any written procedure". I just walked away, left him to let 100 people wander around in a pitch black building full of industrial equipment.


Huh... If only there was a position, perhaps one with some authority, in which one might find as part of their duties the task of, and I know this is crazy... writing a procedure? Or, if that's too difficult for him, assigning someone to do such a thing? Did he get his manager title as a prize out of a snack box or something?

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Yup. Fortunately, where I work, at least most of the management folks are reasonably competent and capable. Their first response would have been "I need to make sure there's a procedure for this". If anything, we have the opposite problem. Too much bureaucracy and procedures to follow. Some of this (a lot of it I believe) is regulatory though. I literally have to go through about a half dozen different "follow this series of web pages, answer the questions, and show you are sufficiently informed about <diversity policy/insider trading policy/intellectual property policy/foreign government gift policy/federal trade policy/trademark policy/safe workspace policy/patent policy/etc/etc/etc>, so we can show we're meeting some regulatory/legislative/contractual/whatever requirement" every single year. It's like: Um... I didn't forget this stuff after the last 10 times I went through it. Can't I just click "I agree" or something?
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You'd be shocked (actually, you probably wouldn't, but other folks maybe would be) how often the initial story is "I didn't do anything! It just stopped working on its own.", and after spending a ridiculous amount of time, finally wresting out of them that they did something very obvious and clear that caused the problem. And it's not even that they're trying to conceal what they did. They honestly didn't see the correlation. Which is scary.
I see this mentality every day at my work. It's enough to make you cry.

ALSO: Rate-up for the use of "wresting", an excellent yet highly underutilized word.Smiley: nod
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ALSO: Rate-up for the use of "wresting", an excellent yet highly underutilized word.Smiley: nod


I use that word all the time Smiley: bah
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ALSO: Rate-up for the use of "wresting", an excellent yet highly underutilized word.Smiley: nod


I use that word all the time Smiley: bah


It's about HOW you use it. It's like using a dictionary....To hold up a sofa corner.
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Yeah. Ok.

Surprised no one mentioned this today.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/fights-in-advance-of-saturday-protest-in-charlottesville/2017/08/12/155fb636-7f13-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html?utm_term=.fa0e073f5b9c

Hoodless Death Eaters marching with torches and chanting "blood and soil" in what is believed to be the largest gathering of hoodless Death Eaters yet to be seen. Apparently they're mad because the South lost the civil war and it took until only recently to remove all their precious statues.
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The license plate!"God keep me".

You? Yes. Your car? Not so much.


Is Trumps' love of fascist dick-bags philosophical or is it just a cynical vote grab?
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The license plate!"God keep me".

You? Yes. Your car? Not so much.


Is Trumps' love of fascist dick-bags philosophical or is it just a cynical vote grab?



He's a racist, and he has never taken a step to discourage white supremacists. Indeed, he defunded a group that existed to track white supremacists. So, if it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, my best guess is that it's a ******' duck.

Also, sure, he knows he can keep a core of 35% of registered Republicans if he encourages this crap. So he's got that going for him, which is.... nice?
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he encourages this crap.


Except he apparently spoke out against it, to the ire of the people doing it. But *shrug*.

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No, he really didn't. He said there was too much hatred on all sides, and it gives him a sad. He did not specifically condemn the white supremacists at the heart of this mess, as he has repeatedly failed to do.

Put it this way: white supremacists are extremely encouraged by his response. So maybe he's not a ****, but he is certainly #1 with *****, and apparently content to be.

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Except their former leader, who didn't like his response. Felt he wasn't supporting them.
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Cynical vote grab. That *is* his philosophy. Anything to garner attention for that moment.
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This is just going to keep happening. It's going to get a lot worse, too.
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Except he apparently spoke out against it, to the ire of the people doing it. But *shrug*.

Yeah, no one was really impressed by that milquetoast response. Hell, the GOP wasn't even impressed by it, given the responses by people like Senators Rubio, Hatch, Grassley and Gardner. It was weak and pathetic and designed to not really upset the white nationalist base that loves Bannon & Trump. There's not "many sides, many sides..." when a right-wing terrorist kills people in a vehicular attack.

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There's not "many sides, many sides..." when a right-wing terrorist kills people in a vehicular attack.

But there is more than one side when protestors and counter-protestors are both in the streets geared up, beating each other, and spraying each other with various crowd control chemicals.
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When "more than one side" is engaging in terrorism and running crowds of people over with cars, let me know. Until then, keep that weak sauce to yourself Smiley: facepalm
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When "more than one side" is engaging in terrorism and running crowds of people over with cars, let me know. Until then, keep that weak sauce to yourself Smiley: facepalm


Yes, it's so obvious that the other side that Trump was talking about was the dead person that got ran over by the car, and not the people showing up in helmets fighting with marchers and spraying them with what ever tear gas or pepper spray they were using.

You can't just comment on both sides being violent? He's bad for not picking out the evil side only? I don't think he did so just to not anger the white nationalist group. But did so to try to show the non-racist voters on the right that he wasn't giving the "left" a free pass on their participation in the violent protests.

I mean, what are the White Nationalists going to do if Trump ****** them off? Go vote for Warren in 2020? They are going to check that "R" on the ballot in the end, just like democrats are going to check that "D".

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Operators are not allowed to have cell phones on the factory floor. So when the manager said they could listen to music at their work stations...


It's interesting in this age of "Health and Safety" that a workplace would allow any noise not created by the machinery to add to the background noise. Harder to hear the forklifts moving about and near you and all...

But then again, you can buy earmuff-style hearing protection with built in music now. Somewhat defeats any sort of warning buzzers, fire alarms, PA speaker announcements, etc.



Anyways, depending on your jurisdiction TirithRR, there's a good chance your health and safety rep has more power over things like this than the manager may think they have.



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I mean, what are the White Nationalists going to do if Trump ****** them off? Go vote for Warren in 2020? They are going to check that "R" on the ballot in the end, just like democrats are going to check that "D".




Not the problem. They're not going to vote, that's the problem. Keeping the base fired up and ready to go to the polls is a huge part of getting elected, even more so for getting re-elected. Elections are won and lost on voter apathy.
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It's interesting in this age of "Health and Safety" that a workplace would allow any noise not created by the machinery to add to the background noise. Harder to hear the forklifts moving about and near you and all...

But then again, you can buy earmuff-style hearing protection with built in music now. Somewhat defeats any sort of warning buzzers, fire alarms, PA speaker announcements, etc.


Everyone on the factory floor must wear hearing protection at all times. They aren't allowed to wear any speaker devices. No ear buds or headphones. Though I think certain noise cancelling headphones are allowed, a couple people have headphones designed for shooting ranges, that attenuate certain frequencies or noise levels. But that's only like... less than 5 people out of the 600-700 people working there.

I personally hate that operators use radios at their work stations. Specially when I have to work at a machine for repairs or upgrades. They play it so loud that I can barely hear myself think at times. And then if it's a particularly frustrating machine or issue, it just adds to my frustration. I have unplugged people's equipment and thrown extension cords against a wall before. One time some operators had rolling chairs stacked by one of my electrical panels, and when I tried to worked at the machine they were in my way, so I picked them up and tossed them 10 or 15 feet out into the aisle (made sure no one was in the way first). About 30 minutes later another Plant Manger (not this one in question earlier) came up to me and started asking me what was going on, that he had been told that I was throwing things around...
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I mean, what are the White Nationalists going to do if Trump ****** them off? Go vote for Warren in 2020? They are going to check that "R" on the ballot in the end, just like democrats are going to check that "D".




Not the problem. They're not going to vote, that's the problem. Keeping the base fired up and ready to go to the polls is a huge part of getting elected, even more so for getting re-elected. Elections are won and lost on voter apathy.



But the right wing talking point isn't that the media is too hard on the KKK. It's that they are too easy on violence from the left. Trump didn't tweet what he did to appease those KKK marchers and David Duke (he seemed not too happy about the tweet). But to show those right wing voters watching that he wasn't just going to give those violent counter protestors a pass, not be part of that whole "liberal media biased".
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#3949 Aug 13 2017 at 7:36 PM Rating: Good
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You can't just comment on both sides being violent? He's bad for not picking out the evil side only?

It's not balanced to do so, no. One 'side' brought to bear lethal, premeditated violence, the other did not. On this occasion, the two aren't equivalent, and only someone with an enormous bias would treat them as though they were.

You can reasonably acknowledge violence on both sides, but you can't treat the two as being equally violent.
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#3950 Aug 13 2017 at 8:06 PM Rating: Good
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Kavekkk wrote:
One 'side' brought to bear lethal, premeditated violence, the other did not. On this occasion, the two aren't equivalent, and only someone with an enormous bias would treat them as though they were.

You can reasonably acknowledge violence on both sides, but you can't treat the two as being equally violent.


Well, to be fair. One person brought to bear lethal, premeditated violence.

Both sides came to a protest armed and ready to fight. Protestors and counter protestors both armed and beating on each other during the event.
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#3951 Aug 13 2017 at 9:46 PM Rating: Good
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When I hit you and you shoot me, you're violent thug. When you hit me and I shoot you, we're both violent violent thugs. I choose to frame the fairness in the way that is most beneficial to me, with responsibility singular when it benefits me and responsibility equitable when it also benefits me.

Responsibility is proportional. Threatening violence is bad. Murder is worse. False equivalency is dishonesty.
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