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How about the fact that, despite being a permanent member, I'm still deluged with Livejournal ads with nice flashy, rotating images, for stuff I have no interest in with no way to turn it off?

I can deal with your clutter and your need to advertise the stuff you offer, but you should offer me the ability to turn it off or collapse it. Don't FORCE me to view your ads.
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I celebrate Christmas, well largely because everyone else does. I certainly know the mythos and beliefs behind it, but I'm not a deeply religious person. I do, however respect those that are and what it means to them. I kinda see it as less a celebration of a persons birth than. Do a reminder to simply try to be kind and giving as much as you can all year round.
Less celebrating Christ's birth, more celebrating the things that he taught, namely to treat others like you'd like to be treated.
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Not all bullies use their fists, many use words.

The biggest bully in my life was a former boss. He thrived on telling you one thing then holding you accountable for another. He'd deliberately hide equipment you needed, daring you to file a grievance, then be totally unrepentant when his actions caused you to mess up a job. He'd brag about how he was going to 'take care of' an employee. He'd make comments like 'how easy it would be to get a gun into the building' or 'yes, well, in the private sector it'd be much easier to fire people'.

He would fail to do his job, then turn things around so that he could blame others for his inability to do things.

He threatened employees, always alone so that it could never be proven.

He was a bully, and it was made even worse by the fact that he knew just how far he could go to not be disciplined.
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How can you identify a modern day pirate??

He has an iPatch
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The war may be won but the battle is rarely swiftly and neatly over. Any time there is a power void, others rush in to fill it. Some for the better, many for the worst.

I would return to the adventure of the universe, before it got bogged down in mythology. A favorite of mine is Wedge Antilles and he's older now, the commander of a galactic police force of a sort, charged with maintaining some sort of order in the chaos of the victory. But it's not your staid image of a police force, it's populated with former fighters, former smugglers, the random ex-imperial and various other aliens that are trying to make the transition from war to peace.

They restore order, solve problems, fix things and mete out the occasional justice. But the enemies are never cut and dried or easily identified. With any sort of law hundreds of light years away, the various teams of Wedge's are often left to their own devices and conscience to fix or mend things as they can.
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what next then?

I totally get it about second hand smoke, i honestly do. That said, obesity and drinking are just as bad. In fact, you could say that obesity is worse...so what? next ban eating in public? or regulate just what we can/can't eat? How about booze? how many people die every day cause some schmuck can't hold his liquor and gets behind the wheel of a car? If they're going to do this, about about mandatory interlocks on every car...you must breathe clean or your engine doesn't start....seems like a win/win, yet DUI's never go down and those that do drink and drive just get slaps on the hand and do it over and over and over.

The health problems of the obese cost all of us on our insurance, yet cures to obesity are nothing more than a get rich quick scheme. If it's that much of a problem, shouldn't there be free and accessible help? No, can't do that, cause various companies are making too much money off them.

I don't smoke, and I never will. But, it seems to be one hell of a slippery slope into us - in a generation or two - being nothing more than mindless drones, living how some self-appointed group tells us to live, doing only what they think is appropriate for us to do.
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An archos 5 internet tablet...buggy as hell. continually crashes, slow and ponderous to surf...about the only good thing about it is that it has a 250 gig HD and I have all my music and tv shows on it.

but I rarely use it just because it's too buggy.

To do many of the things its touted to do you have to continually buy 30 dollar plugins (or take your chances downloading hacks, some of which are just viruses in disguise)

shoulda saved the money as a down payment for an Ipad

Won't touch anything archos ever again because of it.

and I can't return it since I bought it online
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You know, it's not just that whites need to be more sensitive to people of color....people of color need to stop using their race as a 'get out of responsibility free card'.

I think many people have worked with an individual who calls in all the time, shows up late, goes home early, breaks rules...and when confronted their response is 'i'll just call my civil rights lawyer'.

These people aren't being picked on because of their race, they're using it as a crutch to not meet expectations.

So while people not of color need to be a bit more open minded, those of color also need to stop looking for insult in every comment, stop looking to be offended, and stop using their race as a reason to not do the work they're expected to do.

Making racism go away is a two way street and demands work from both sides.
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Yep

I boycotted one of our local McDonald's because all the front end staff was HIspanic, and lacked English skills and it annoyed the heck out of me to have to point to pictures on the menu to get my order, because the employee lacked basic English skills.

I boycott RCA because I had an issue with one of their products and they told me to send it in and it took me 5 months to get it straightened out - and i'm still out the 35 bucks to ship it back to them.

I boycott Target because, when I paid my credit card bill, the check got lost in the mail, and one of their companies called me, DEMANDING my bank account number to get the minimum payment I owed them (and it wasn't a massive amount, and i had NEVER so much as been late with a payment in the 5 years I had the card and paid my balance in full each month and hadn't even received my next bill yet to even know that something was wrong.) they then threatened me with collections because I refused to give my bank account number to someone calling out of the blue with 'Private' as the caller ID.

There are other restaurants in town that I will boycott because the employees have their families or kids running around the establishment. There was a store that I walked out of because the employees refused to wait on me, yet fawned all over the woman who walked in after me because i was in jeans and she was in a designer track suit.

Treat me poorly and I'll just take my business elsewhere.
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