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Old 11-16-2012, 08:29 AM   #571
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This isn't really unique to retail. My little sister is working double shifts on Thanksgiving by choice, getting time and a half for both! For every person that wants a holiday off there are probably five people that would pick up the shift.

I've done some Black Friday shopping in the past, both getting up early or just going later in the day. I've seen long lines but so far have never had anyone be rude to me.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:16 PM   #572
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There are rumors going around that Islamic fundamentalists want to destroy the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. Some believe the Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt will do this now since they have power.

That cannot happen. If it ever does, the world's heart will be broken. I know mine will be.

And the calls mount:

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Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Egyptian jihadist who claims he has links to the Taliban, has called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt."
Al-Gohary, an Islamist leader and jihadist sentenced twice under President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, urged Muslims to "destroy the idols" in Egypt -- specifically the Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx -- during a television interview on Saturday on Egypt's Dream TV, according to Al Arabiya News.
“God ordered Prophet Mohammed to destroy idols,” he said, according to Al Arabiya News. “When I was with the Taliban we destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do.”

Adding, “All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues,” according to the Egypt Independent. The jihadist refers to when the Taliban blew up a pair of Buddha statues and smashed other art forms in Afghanistan in 2001, according to The Jerusalem Post. These were symbols of the country's long Buddhist history.
The vice president of Tunisia’s Ennahda Party, Sheikh Abdel Fattah Moro, called in to the station to challenge al-Gohary's interpretation of Islam. Moro said the famous military commander Amr ibn al-Aas did not destroy statues when he conquered Egypt. “So who are you to do it?” he asked. “The Prophet destroyed the idols because people worshiped them, but the Sphinx and the Pyramids are not worshiped.”

Murgan Salem al-Gohary, Egyptian Jihadist, Wants Pyramids And Sphinx Destroyed
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My heart rips out as I read this Maria Santos Gorrostieta 'executed' after surviving two assassination attempts | Mail Online
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:28 PM   #574
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Erotic Zoos Prompt Germany To Reinstate Bestiality Laws

This is seriously insane. What the fuck is wrong with people who basically rape animals? I swear, sometimes I fear for the human race.

I know bestiality is nothing new and has been around for centuries. But to hear about "zoophilia advocates" makes me sick and depressed.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:46 PM   #575
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Well, we are letting more and more homos get married, so it's no surprise really.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:03 PM   #576
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And the story from the woman in Washington falls all too neatly into the pattern of ripping apart families -- rape and other forms of sexualized violence have long been used as a tool of war to destroy not only individual bodies but entire communities. What is happening in Syria is no exception.



In an attempt to not lose a single story that could be used as possible evidence for future war crimes trials, we are documenting reports of sexualized violence on a live, crowd-sourced map on Syria. We know, however, that evidence of crimes is being destroyed every day: More than 20% of the women in our reports are found dead or are killed after rape.
Broken down by type of crime and perpetrator, each case is marked as a red dot on the map and contains up to dozens or even hundreds of victims. Each dot is a life or lives potentially ripped apart by a horrific act of violence, an act that is particularly powerful as a weapon in Syria, where honor is so highly prized.


Rape is tearing Syrians apart. The concept of purity is destroying their lives on top of it.
The International Rescue Committee, referring to Syria, reported in August that "girl-child survivors of rape are frequently married to their older cousins or other male members of the community, to 'save their honor.' " Participants in adolescent girl groups told the IRC that if a girl is raped, "Sometimes she might be killed by her family. She might kill herself. ... She knows that she will be dishonored for the rest of her life."
Honor killings, forced marriages and divorce are just a few of the ways shame is destroying lives in Syria. There is also suicide when the shame becomes too much to bear, such as the story on our map telling of a girl in Latakia who reportedly killed herself by jumping off a balcony after rape.


Rape is shredding Syria's social fabric - CNN.com






I don't know what angers me more - the fact that rape is war tool in Syria, or the fact that being raped is something to be ashamed of, like it was the woman's fault. This piece even mentions how men are forced to choose to either have their wives, daughters, sisters murdered in front of them at checkpoints, or to leave them behind so they can be raped. Some men choose the latter, allowing their women become subjected to shame and dishonor in their society. How disgusting. It truly doesn't make any sense, this whole honor bullshit. And that is what it is - bullshit. I can go on forever how this baffles and angers me.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:14 PM   #577
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Both are pretty worthy of outrage. Absolutely disgusting and horrifying. And the most frustrating part is that nobody seems to be willing to step up to actually DO something about this and make it stop. It rarely ever makes the headlines in terms of foreign news and so it continues to go on.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:42 AM   #578
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Newspaper takes heat over haunting subway photo - CNN.com

I read this in the paper this morning and saw the picture - it was one of those "omg" moments.....what a horrible way to die - seeing death approach you at high speed and you're helpless to do anything about it. I am deeply sorry and sad for the victim's family and I hope that at least he died instantly and didn't suffer.

As for the photographer.....what was he thinking?? (besides dollar signs of course). How could he have stood by and done nothing? I'm sure that if there were enough people there they could have at least tried to wrench the victim from harm's way.

This is a truly tragic story and I hope the pusher is punished to the fullest extent of the law.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:01 AM   #579
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We're already talking about this in the New York's Finest thread.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:04 PM   #580
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I feel disgusted that the DJ prank on the hospital where Kate was has apparently led to the suicide of the nurse involved. Not so funny now.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:20 PM   #581
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I'd have to disagree. Yes, it was wrong of them to ask for personal medical info, but it was a prank, one that happens each and every day and many of them are are successful and funny. Are we just going to ban people from pulling pranks now? I don't think anybody would reasonably expect the nurse to kill herself over it
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:29 PM   #582
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You disagree that it's not so funny now? I don't expect the DJ's to reasonably expect that she would kill herself, but there are all kinds of possible consequences of pranks and messing with people. It's like that Jenny Jones case years ago. Was that show legally responsible for the guest's suicide? No. But those DJ's will have to live with that. I still feel disgusted that it happened. There is moral responsibility, even if pranks like that are played all the time.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:33 PM   #583
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Oh, I don't disagree that it's not funny anymore, because it clearly is not. I'm just wondering where we draw the line, because even the most benign pranks, or what we would think is benign, could have some unintended consequences.
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Yeah, my dad worked in radio and he did the silly prank thing from time to time. Never anything that bad, no, he knew where the line was and avoided crossing it as much as he could, but still...

My guess is this woman likely had problems well before this prank that helped lead to her committing suicide. If the DJs were being over the top, which it sounds like they may have been with the personal info stuff, then yeah, it'd be nice of them to apologize/show regret for whatever they said or did.

But to point to that as the reason she killed herself seems kinda simplistic to me.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:45 PM   #585
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I agree that this woman - Jacintha Saldanha - must've had problems that led to her suicide and this prank was what really pushed her. Also, FYI, she was not the nurse who gave out information about the Duchess - she was the one who put the call to that particular nurse.

I really don't think the DJs are largely to blame either. Even though their prank was silly and stupid, they had no idea that it would cause the suicide of someone. They even said right after the prank was done that they were surprised they even got through in the first place. So even though they played a role in Jacintha's suicide, they are not solely responsible. A lawsuit might happen, but nothing like involuntary manslaughter.

As for Jacintha, I really feel for her. Assuming that she felt horrible for believing that it was actually the Queen calling and putting that call through, she must've also felt stupid. I wouldn't be surprised if the executives at the hospital reprimanded her and she was ridiculed by her co-workers. That type of shame and humiliation can feel immense, I'm sure all of us have been there - I have! I just feel very sorry for her and her family. It's very tragic.
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