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Old 10-21-2012, 08:21 PM   #21
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People in Japan still wear Kimonos, and they're not just female dress.
True, but not too many wear them regularly. That article says Austrians are wearing their traditional clothes even at work.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:32 PM   #22
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Kirsten Gillibrand & Wendy Long, New York Senate Candidates, Asked Question About '50 Shades Of Grey' At Debate (VIDEO)

That was their only debate and they were asked that?

I'm bothered not because I am not a 50 Shades fan at all (I prefer the parodies), but will a moderator asks two male candidates if they check out Internet porn? Didn't think so.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:44 PM   #23
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True, but not too many wear them regularly. That article says Austrians are wearing their traditional clothes even at work.
I wouldn't be surprised to hear the same of Japanese people, is all. The suggestion on your part is that it's a style that has completely gone out of fashion. I've been to Japan, and that is definitely not the case.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:49 PM   #24
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Kirsten Gillibrand & Wendy Long, New York Senate Candidates, Asked Question About '50 Shades Of Grey' At Debate (VIDEO)

That was their only debate and they were asked that?

I'm bothered not because I am not a 50 Shades fan at all (I prefer the parodies), but will a moderator asks two male candidates if they check out Internet porn? Didn't think so.
Yeah, I thought that was pretty stupid, too. Not all women are interested in those books, and this is a political debate, not a book club, so...no real need for that topic to come up.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:35 AM   #25
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Something a little more lighthearted. Sounds dangerous, though.

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Until now, bridges have been strictly utilitarian structures -- built for easy crossings of rivers, gorges and the like. However, a French architecture firm is trying to put the fun back in crossing a river with a proposed trampoline bridge to span the Seine.

The proposal is part of a contemporary bridge design competition sponsored by ArchTriumph, CNet reports. It would be constructed from giant PVC rings inflated with more than 130,000 cubic feet of air. Across those, stretching nearly 100 feet across, would be mesh trampolines.

"It appears to us that Paris has the bridges and passages necessary for the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across its waterways," said architecture firm AZC on its website. "Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water."

The new trampoline bridge would be located near the existing Pont de Bir-Hakeim, according to The Daily Mail, which points out that health and safety concerns about the bridge have been raised.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:08 AM   #26
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I don't see anything bad coming from that at all...
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That does sound dangerous. I'm sure there will be netting around the trampoline, but it still doesn't sound completely safe to me.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:18 AM   #28
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I doubt they're actually taking the plan seriously, as I read it was an entry in an architecture competition. As for safety, I could imagine that with a trampoline that size, someone is bound to break a bone or two, not necessarily fall into the Seine.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:17 PM   #29
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That's pathetic
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JESUS.

FUCKlNG.

CHRIST.
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What is it with women moderators asking stupid questions to Senate Candidates?
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:11 PM   #32
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:34 PM   #33
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And here we go. It's like Barbara Bush et al after Katrina. I'd like to see him face those people whose hones burned to the ground and tell them not to spend relief money on Gucci bags and massage parlors. Dirtbag.



WASHINGTON -- Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday that federal aid for people impacted by Hurricane Sandy should be approved only with a specific spending plan in place so funds are not used for "Gucci bags and massage parlors," like after Hurricane Katrina.

"I want to get them the resources that are necessary to lift them out of this water and the sand and the ashes and the death that's over there in the East Coast and especially in the Northeast," King said during a Tuesday evening debate in Mason City, Iowa.

"But not one big shot to just open up the checkbook, because they spent it on Gucci bags and massage parlors and everything you can think of in addition to what was necessary," he said later, referring to Hurricane Katrina.

During his final debate with Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack, the former first lady of Iowa, King doubled down on his disaster aid stance, which is that it should be paid for or not provided at all.

King currently leads Vilsack by four points, according to a HuffPost Pollster estimate, but he has garnered the attention of national groups looking to oust him based on his often far-right positions.

The congressman, who is running for his sixth term, was outspoken about -- among other things -- the need to pay for any spending on disaster relief, an issue he has dealt with before. In 2005, he voted against a bill to help Hurricane Katrina victims because he said it cost too much at $51.8 billion. King was one of only 11 members of Congress to oppose the bill.

King said last week that his vote against Hurricane Katrina relief was "a good vote" and "a principled vote."

"I said that there will be all kinds of wasted funds," he said during an Oct. 23 debate with Vilsack, which aired on Iowa Public Television. "There’s no plan to spend it. I got beaten up on by many of the newspapers around, but I stood on that and I said it’s a principled vote and it will be easier to defend every day."

King said on Tuesday that some of his critics over that vote have since come around. "Sometimes you have to take lumps, but you have to do the right thing," he said.

King also said he would take a similar approach this time around and stand against efforts to "just throw a dart at the dartboard and say" what funding is needed to deal with Sandy's impact on the East Coast.

Vilsack called King's comments "heartless" and "extreme."

"In Iowa, we take care of people," she said. "That's all I think I need to say."
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I'm sure that if I lost all my possessions and my house burned down the first thing I'd want to replace would be a designer purse, followed by establishing a rub-and-tug.

Because those people whose houses burned down sure look like they were the kind that were in the habit of buying Gucci purses. WTF.
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I am seriously hoping like hell my fellow Iowans vote for Vilsack in droves next week. I want to see King lose like you would not believe.

Not at all surprising to read that. The guy is just a complete and total moron.
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yes, give them government checks and those 47% victims will just spend it on drugs, gambling and prostitutes

we should privatize FEMA, a good American Company like Haliburton could be paid a few hundred million dollars to deliver each family: one gun , one Bible and some boot straps. That's all anyone really needs.
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we should privatize FEMA, a good American Company like Haliburton could be paid a few hundred million dollars to deliver each family: one gun , one Bible and some boot straps. That's all anyone really needs.
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John Cusack is producing a movie about Rush Limbaugh. Supposedly will star in it too, no info as to whether he's playing Rush.

What's left of your career suicide?
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Will it praise Rush or mock him?

If it mocks him, I'll be there opening night!
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Therein lies the tension that drives Dutton’s book, and might actually help explain our strange attraction to such rebels without causes. It’s also why a grown-up treatment of this incredible set of mental qualities makes for such absorbing reading.

The science behind all of this is fairly intuitive. Psychopathic traits have been given the Darwinian OK throughout the history of human evolution, which helps validate Dutton’s argument that these qualities can be pretty important tools if properly used. The “seven deadly wins” of psychopathy that he identifies (ruthlessness, charm, focus, mental toughness, fearlessness, mindfulness, and action) are all arrows we want in our quiver. And come to think of it, they also happen to be the very character traits that engage and—dare I say—inspire us when we find ourselves shamelessly hooked on whatever cadaver-filled cable drama is animating our vicarious lives this week.

But Dutton’s assertion that we can learn from psychopaths might be a bit of stretch. It’s a provocative thesis, to be sure. But by pushing this line a bit too hard, he sometimes falls victim to the pervasive habit among popular psychology writers to turn every insight into a self-help strategy. Fortunately, that doesn’t make his treatment of the subject any less interesting.

As Dutton puts it: “The problem with psychopaths isn’t that they’re chock-full of evil. Ironically, it’s precisely the opposite: they have too much of a good thing.”
Unlock Your Inner Psychopath: Kevin Dutton’s ‘The Wisdom of Psychopaths’ - The Daily Beast


I was listening to his interview on CNN Radio. I really got the impression Dutton was saying being psychopath isn't such a bad thing, considering how competitive the world is.

Sure, being charismatic and ballsy can be cool. But is it really cool to lack empathy and have no remorse for anyone at all? I've never heard of anyone having a good relationship with someone like that. I'm just disturbed by how this psychologist can lean toward the idea that psychopaths are admirable. Then again, he says he believes his father was one, so I guess there's a complex situation there.
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