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Old 03-23-2015, 02:06 PM   #181
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Baristas having conversations with the customers is not a new concept. But yes, talking about race is quite different and time-consuming than having a little small talk over the bar.

I read a couple posts on reddit from Starbucks employees, and all of them found the most aggravating part to be when an actual conversation was struck up, the other employees in the store had to pick up the slack for the person who was chatting with the customers. Most of the employees who got deeply involved with these conversations seem to be the type who are chatty with the customers anyways, though.

I don't necessarily think this was the worst idea I've ever heard, and I think the hysterics over this are silly and probably coming from the same type of crowd that considered the SOI release to be an NSA-level invasion of privacy. It was just really, really poor execution and not fully thought out, IMO.
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:12 PM   #182
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SNL last night spoofed it. Pepboys employees encouraged to talk about gender issues.


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Old 04-01-2015, 04:34 PM   #183
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Police seem to be on the run with infor cements unrelated to their stops....WTF....ITS 1,2,3 shoot before any question are asked. It's sad enough today with our world the way that it is that we have cops playing God!


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Old 09-16-2015, 12:01 PM   #184
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14-year old builds his own clock. Takes it to school. His school has him arrested.

"Yup. That's who I thought it was."



What the hell, America.
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:54 PM   #185
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Like, yo - if you really thought it could be a bomb, why wouldn't you evacuate the school?

Good news - they're not pressing charges (SURPRISE).
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:14 PM   #186
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they turned him (last thing they need is a bomb maker in GITMO)

he will now inform on his family and other Mosque attendees
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:18 PM   #187
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http://www.newsweek.com/bill-maher-a...ly-bomb-374409

“People at the school thought it might be a bomb, because it looks exactly like a f.....g bomb,” he said, while speaking with panelists George Pataki, Mark Cuban, Jorge Ramos and Chris Matthews. “It’s not the color of his skin. For the last 30 years, it’s been the one culture that has been blowing shit up over and over again.”

Maher went on to say, however, that Ahmed is deserving of an apology from school officials. “They were wrong,” he said. “No doubt about it.” Yet he said that Ahmed’s teacher hadn’t blundered by bringing the clock forward to higher-ups. “So the teacher’s just supposed to see something that looks like a bomb and be, ‘Oh, wait, this might just be my white privilege talking.”
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:28 PM   #188
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Racism: glorified hyperbole in America

EDIT: Cori said the same thing a few posts up.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:30 PM   #189
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If you legitimately thought it was a bomb, why not evacuate the school?

Exactly...


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Old 09-22-2015, 02:51 PM   #190
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It does look like a bomb more than a clock. The school should have been evacuated, and the kid questioned.

He also deserves an apology for the coverage and probably some of the treatment.

But it was really a stupid thing he did.


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Old 10-07-2015, 05:23 PM   #191
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Why free Voter IDs aren't enough in Alabama's Black Belt | AL.com

tl;dr - After the Voting Rights Act was ruled unnecessary by the Supreme Court, and after implementation of a strict voter ID law in 2014, and after a 54% increase in the cost of a driver's license, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency recently announced the closure of 31 driver's license bureaus across the state. Every county in Alabama where black citizens make up more than 75% of registered voters has had it's driver's license office closed.

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I saw a thing on Larry Wilmore's show about that last night.

Stunning. Absolutely stunning.
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:23 AM   #193
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yeah, i spend a lot of time in alabama now and i heard about this back when it got passed. tennessee also has this same law, although we didn't turn around and close a bunch of dmv locations. it's absolutely insane and infuriating. it's shocking to think this is legal...especially why it's even legal to require an id to vote in the first place. usually the defense i hear is "everywhere else requires it!" yeah but...everywhere else either has compulsory voting, such as much of south america, parts of africa, and australia, or in cases like europe they...actually fucking have public transport to provide people ways to get a voter id. not to mention this voter id law is way less common than people who are for it tend to act like it is — like five freaking countries have some form of a law on the books. jmo
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yeah, i spend a lot of time in alabama now and i heard about this back when it got passed. tennessee also has this same law, although we didn't turn around and close a bunch of dmv locations. it's absolutely insane and infuriating. it's shocking to think this is legal...especially why it's even legal to require an id to vote in the first place. usually the defense i hear is "everywhere else requires it!" yeah but...everywhere else either has compulsory voting, such as much of south america, parts of africa, and australia, or in cases like europe they...actually fucking have public transport to provide people ways to get a voter id. not to mention this voter id law is way less common than people who are for it tend to act like it is — like five freaking countries have some form of a law on the books. jmo
Supposedly according to law, all voters in any kind of local, state or federal election must be US citizens in order to vote.

You would be surprised at the vast amount of non US citizens that vote in all sorts of elections with their ID when legally they don't have the right to do so. What happens next? Eliminate their votes? Or count their votes and pretend they are legally entitled, turning a blind eye to the law itself?
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