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  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Sep 13, 6:37pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

She's blonder than I* am! What's up with that?

* Blond Scandinavian looking dude
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Sep 15, 6:58pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Well shit. NOW who's gonna drive you home tonight?
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Sep 15, 7:02pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Hircus says
On twitter they correct each other - when one says "fetus" others say "no, it's fetal tissue"

Liar. We just get straight to the point and say "Dead Baby."

Try some with carmelized onions.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Sep 17, 12:30pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Something is up... the mainstream news has been hammering the issue of "deadly vapes" for about three weeks now. Has signs of a planned and coordinated program, not breaking news.

Possibly related: Now that marijuana tax revenues are flowing in, legal pot businesses are pressuring lawmakers to aggressively curb their competition- and lawmakers are responding.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Sep 17, 4:05pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Article is full of shit and contains a correction at the end.

Also National Review website was hogging computer resources when I came back to the computer. 6gb memory and 27% of 4 processor cores to run all the spam ads.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Sep 27, 7:21pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

One of the big issues about solving the carbon issue is, the benefits are enjoyed by people who will be DEAD before the bad effects are felt. These bad effects are left for Greta's generation and younger to suffer and pay for, without having enjoyed the benefits. That's why I respect young people speaking out about this issue.

OK that said, Greta really DOES display weird eye movement and unusual affect. If she's really a plant by "handlers," couldn't they have picked someone who's weird-but-possibly-cool like the Toaster Strudel kid? Instead, Greta is weird-but-possibly-Carrie looking in my opinion.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Oct 2, 11:14am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

My Republican Dad was just turning draft age when the Cuban Missile Crisis happened and told of everyone saying bye to each other because they expected WWIII to start the next day and to all join the draft. It gave him such a visceral hate for all things Russian that well into the '80s he would scream and curse at the TV if a Russian athlete medaled in the olympics.

Seeing Republicans wearing Trump hats written in cyrillic is total clown world from this perspective. We're living through another "the parties changed" which Republicans will also deny later.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Oct 4, 6:53pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

All those damn liberals up and down every step of the plastic supply and manufacturing chain!
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Oct 4, 6:55pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Whichever one of them violated the Universal Urinal Code is a socially maladept asshole.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Oct 8, 5:51pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

This is my rifle
This is my gun
This one's for killing
This one's for fu...cking someone older than my grandma for money.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Nov 23, 3:04pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The problem here (that critics aren't addressing) is that the poison is cumulative and devastating to the entire food chain. Predators eat poisoned rats etc, become poisoned themselves, die off, then the rodent population is left to REALLY explode. In the long term, it becomes like Chairman Mao's initiative to kill off millions of sparrows to save crops, which resulted in an explosion of crop eating insects far worse than whatever was done by the sparrows themselves.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Dec 12, 6:56pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

rd6B says
in middle or late 90's and there was shit on sidewalk near Moscone(?) center already.

I was there in 1991 and wanted to check out the Haight-Ashbury district. Didn't SEE poop but smelled it, Saw pisses being taken in broad daylight, no effort to be discreet about it either. There were young panhandlers slouched across the sidewalk demanding in aggressive tones that people stepping over them give them money.

People act like it's a brand new phenomenon, and attribute it to California "liberal" policies. Reality is, climate and opportunity makes people flock here and stay including bums.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Dec 13, 12:17pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Neanderthals are alive and well today. Just look at (other political party)!

On a serious note, I believe the world won't end because of artificial intelligence. It will happen due to real stupidity.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Dec 13, 2:14pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

She wants to return the camera instead of configuring it correctly.

“The fact that they’re just continuing to give customers the same blanket statement, it’s like they don’t seem concerned at all,” she told The Washington Post. “To be honest, it felt like they were trying to place the blame on me. As a mother, I already feel guilty enough that I let this happen to my family. … There’s just no need for that.”"

No agency or responsibility on her part, Easier to blame the company and demand they take back a perfectly functional device over HER user error.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Dec 25, 2:40pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

It's cold RIGHT NOW where a lot of right wing base lives, start the propaganda machine! Pay no attention to the hotter than normal temps across the higher latitudes that displaced a mass of cold air Southward.

(Edit- clean up copy/paste garbage at bottom)
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Dec 25, 3:12pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

The melting arctic and colder temps at lower latitudes have common causes: the jet stream and polar vorticies.

The Greenland ice sheet had a bad year, not sure what "growing" you're talking about.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Dec 27, 7:11pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

in the 90s I knew some hippies who actually hung out with the Dalai Lama. They said he was too into opium and maybe even heroin. Even in my hippieesque youth I was never impressed with the Dalai Lama as any kind of authority figure for Americans.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Dec 28, 10:50am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Not addressed here is the fact that your voting records are public information available as grist for political machines.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2019 Dec 29, 3:50pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I had a 730 Sunday United flight Denver to LA. After a trickle truth of incremental delays they finally boarded us at 10 minutes to midnight. Got back to town after the Metro shut down so I was stuck taking an expensive 2am taxi ride. At one point I went to the customer service counter and they gave a lame "Oh we're waiting for your plane it's on its way in from LA right now. " I could have totally done better things with that wasted time if they'd been more upfront about whatever situation makes a flight time just disappear like that.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 8, 11:55am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

IMO the funniest thing about these trendy big-name substitutes is that places like Taco Bell can now drop the pretense of actually having meat in their products.

I love meat and haven't tried the current substitutes.

In the 90s there was a decent dry vegetarian "nature's burger" mix available in bulk. We mixed in ground hemp seed and sold it as "Hemp soft tacos." With onions and cilantro, it came out quite delicious. However, it was a novelty, never a food staple for me.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 8, 12:32pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

People today have a biased, nearly cargo cult like conception of the 50s as some halcyon era of greatness for all Americans. Most of the era's prosperity was our manufacturing hegemony while the rest of the world rebuilt after WWII. Unwanted pregnancies were rampant, families HID their mistakes by shipping pregnang girls off to a relative or risking back alley abortions. Women were not happy wives, drug abuse was rampant (Mother's little helper) and they were trapped by a lack of work opportunities and deep social stigma and sanctions against divorce. Men were not happy, they worked like slaves to keep up with the Joneses for companies that imposed their will and values on employees. Race and class were solid barriers to meritocracy and relationships, the basis of West Side Story. Cars were generally dangerous unreliable pieces of shit. Lead in paint and gasoline contributed to crime and delinquency.

Lots of Red Pill guys act like they could drop right into the 1950s and be welcomed into the "good ol boys club" with open arms. In reality they would be shunned and stigmatized if they tried to "red pill" their colleagues with tales of their exploits spinning plates. The modern crop of "right wingers" would probably be lynched for sharing homoerotic shirtless pictures of the Russian president and being apologists for the US President's dealings with them.

People under 60 who idealize the 1950s generally possess a very superficial understanding of the era.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 8, 6:32pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

This is no surprise... it's more than 18 months out, and is the date the existing lease expires.

They're not being evicted, their lease is running out.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 8, 8:04pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

HeadSet says
will she give birth to Gumby

Maybe if you Pokey her enough she will.

I was a toddler in the late 60s and loved Gumby. I'd abuse the flexible plastic dolls till they tore and exposed the sharp little wire inside and Mom would have to take it away. Good, cause they were probably laden with phthalates plus lead and cadmium colorants. Hopefully for users, the internal features of realdolls don't have these issues.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 13, 7:05pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

OccasionalCortex says
The 'squatters rights' laws supports them more than the owner

One does not simply squat on it to get title to a property. I've looked into the process after noticing some genuinely abandoned rural properties here in California. They'd have to start by paying all of the back property taxes and maintaining them current. They'd have to conspicuously and continuously use the property for something on the order of 5 years. Then they'd have to prevail in a quiet title action. (ETA They could invest all of this time money and effort, jump through all the legal hoops, and STILL not get title, even without another living person claiming senior interest in the property at any point in the proceedings.)

None of these things matter, because the squatters are due to be evicted by the sheriff within 5 days. I hope the owner gives the squatters NOTHING when this happens, but a big press conference declaring, "You being insulted by my offer was itself a greater insult," then puts on a Willy Wonka hat and shouts, "You get NOTHING! Good DAY!"
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 13, 7:50pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

HeadSet says
You may be confusing "Squatter's Rights" with "Adverse Possession."

The people in the article are the ones who have it twisted. The tenants' "squatters rights" have run their course, hence the imminent eviction. They apparently thought they had the rights of someone who had prevailed at the adverse possession process.

I hope they don't cause deliberate damage to the property on their way out.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 29, 10:21am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Whiny people in the comments saying 15 year olds don't know better. BULLSHIT! If you're old enough to commit strongarm robbery like an adult, you're old enough to get beaten the fuck up like an adult, and criminally charged like an adult. They probably have single mothers who need a solid punch in the face for raising such shit and unleashing it on society.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 29, 8:44pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Lots of people speak of being "in recovery" or "in therapy" long term. I always want to know, when do you get to RECOVERED or WELL?
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 30, 9:21am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Wherever you copy/pasted this from made up their own intent and even legislation number. The proposed measure corrects a conservative "zero tolerance" measure that removes a judge's discrimination from individual cases and imposes penalties without regard to the specifics of each case. This is the same draconian puritanism that gets people placed on sex offender registrries for needing to pee in the bushes beside the road.

SB 145 will address the state’s discriminatory practice of treating LGBTQ young people differently than their non-LGBTQ peers when engaging in voluntary sexual activity. Currently, for example, if an 18-year-old boy has voluntary sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend, he isn’t automatically required to register as a sex offender. But if an 18-year-old boy has voluntary sex with his 17-year-old boyfriend or an 18-year-old girl has voluntary sex with her 17-year-old girlfriend, they’re automatically required to register as sex offenders, no matter the circumstances. SB 145 only applies when a teenager age 14 or older has consensual sex with a partner who is within 10 years of age. Equality California is cosponsoring SB 145 along with Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 30, 10:26am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

NoCoupForYou says
There is no mention of an age limit:

That's because age limits are enshrined elsewhere within the code. This amendment ends the practice of treating same sex acts differently from hetero acts. Also you didn't seem to read down to 290.006 which you even quoted. The amendment doesn't prevent people from being required to register WHEN a judge determines it's appropriate, rather it takes away the automatic sentencing aspect.

Let me ask you this: How do you feel about gun laws written by people who personally hate guns?
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 30, 10:32am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

When my paternal Grandfather passed, the legal battle that ensued caused YEARS of contention between various factions who usually had little to no contact with each other. I stepped back from the whole thing at some point, because getting involved tarnished the memory of my Grandfather and the money was tainted by the whole affair. Now its all settled and none of the pugilists speak to each other at all any more.

Edit: When all was said and done, lawyers ate up a huge chunk of the estate. I was the only one who did not lawyer up.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 30, 11:25am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Conflating rape with consensual sex? You're worthless at discussing the topic. Fuck off out of here with your zero tolerance BS, how is this your position any different from treating biting a pop-tart into the shape of a gun the same as bringing an actual gun to school?
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 30, 1:05pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Linked article keeps popping a privacy policy dialog over the content whose only option is "accept" so I quit trying to read that link.

Have you ever read your county building code regarding wind load bearing requirements for fencing? It's like the government doesn't follow its own standards imposed on regular citizens.

"The concrete wasn't cured yet." BULLSHIT! Unless it was sabotaged with too much retarder (ordinary sugar works great for this btw), the concrete should have reached an initial set within hours.

This is part of why I've been opposed to the wall as a solution to immigration problems, because even the fucking WIND can breach the damn thing despite a price tag of what, 7-8 figures; or is it 9?
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 30, 6:55pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

FortWayneIndiana says
Are you gay? You defend those perverts really heavily.

Straight but not narrow. I'm not willing to be silent while innocent people are scapegoated by bigots, especially when said bigotry is exploited to increase government power and overreach. So, just as I stood against conservatives on the Patriot Act's effects on our mutual liberties while they called me a terrorist, so I will stand against zero tolerance legislation that does the same even if it means being "accused" of being gay.

The legislation in question makes MANDATORY inclusion on sex offender registries equal under the law whether it concerns a hetero or gay couple. Just as I think a high school boy shouldn't be punished for "manufacturing child porn" because he took a selfie of his own dick and sent it to a friend, I don't think a same sex couple should be treated differently than a hetero couple where it concerns these "romeo and juliet" scenarios.

Most of what you are arguing is not specific to gay people. If you don't like the way age of consent laws and exceptions are written and handled currently, argue for new laws and standards across the board. If the standards applied and punishments meted out are the same whether hetero or homo, are you OK with them?

I've actually BEEN a step parent to numerous teens and dealt with pedos and perverts trying to prey upon them, it's not like I have no experience or skin in the game on the topic. I believe PARENTS should take a strong role in protecting their children. It's a matter of being unwilling to give the GOVERNMENT more blank checks on power because one is easily squicked out by the thought of gay people.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 30, 7:34pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

That's your attempt at a response to my point? "You must be gay." Guess there was no reason to expect anything more sophisticated.

You're dodging my questions. If the law punishes gay couples the same as straight couples, would you be OK with that?

Also, how do you feel about gun laws made by people who hate guns was asked recently as well.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 30, 8:42pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Still dodging the questions. Are you in favor of making and enforcing "anti-pedophilia" laws with the same standards and punishments whether the people involved are gay or straight?
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Feb 1, 1:13pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Fortwaynemobile says
This is new CA where by virtue of butt fucking one can commit crimes.

Your answer to this speaks to the origins and depth of your engagement in this issue. Are you in favor of making and enforcing "anti-pedophilia" laws with the same standards and punishments whether the people involved are gay or straight?
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Feb 11, 7:09pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I had quit eating burgers at McDs 15+ years ago but would still get breakfast there on the premise, "How could they fuck that up?"

Well one day I was sitting in the drive through line and the delivery guy hand trucks past me a bunch of frozen boxes boldly labeled "Folded cooked eggs"

Hell, even In-N-Out, supposedly the best freshest ingredients of all burger places, gives me a stomachache after a single quarter pound. However, I can polish off 3 pounds of prime rib in a sitting and it leaves me feeling full but not uneasy. Trust no burger chain.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Feb 12, 1:10pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Sound wasn't working. Looks like the guy's presentation was confrontational and disruptive, thus counterproductive to the goal of meaningfully confronting the person and issue. The guy stuck a stick in his own spokes and is now on the ground crying antisemitism over it.
  Automan Empire   ignore (2)   2020 Feb 14, 7:21pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Sounds like a branch of the "Parties never switched/Democrats the true racist&slavers" bullshit cluster.
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