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  1. I can't even imagine ever doing something like that to my own parents. I never did, ever. Fortunately, none of my own children behaved in this manner. We've had our differences of course, but even working those out never included threats to call the police or tossing food about.

    I have to agree with the sentiment that if they're allowing their gaming time to interfere with stuff like dinner, then they don't need to be playing until they learn to not allow it to get in the way
  2. If sleep is for the weak, then I wish to be more weak. Lately, due to medications, I have a great deal of difficulty sleeping. I wouldn't mind so much if it didn't leave me with little energy during the day. Anyway, I definitely prefer getting eight hours a night. As for the number of days I've gone without, I think the most I've ever done that has been around three.
  3. I realize my response here will only cover a few items, but I see no reason ro repeat what has been covered already. Instead, I'll briefly touch a few reasons why I'm not opposed to the reform.[quote name='James][font=franklin gothic medium]So it is in the interests of shareholders and insurers to provide as little coverage as possible.[/font][/QUOTE]This, a thousand times over. I've lost count of the times that friends, family and even myself have had to FIGHT the insurance companies to get coverage on procedures. Sooner or later, you get exasperated, and give up on fighting it. You still have to pay the bill anyway, regardless of whether or not your insurance will finally pay like they should. Hell, even when my father passed away recently, his insurance attempted to bail on covering nearly $100,000 worth of procedures that were done while he was in the hospital during his final week.[QUOTE=James][font=franklin gothic medium']If you really didn't want to have a public alternative though, it would be necessary to at least radically reform the private system - and I doubt that will happen anytime soon.[/font][/quote]I don't see this happening anytime soon either. It takes massive effort and actually suing the insurance companies over not providing coverage to get it changed. No matter how people spin it, denying coverage over preexisting conditions, among other things, needs to end. In my opinion, reform is long overdue.
  4. Regardless of the hype surrounding the mistakes being made in the bailout, it's a bit premature to be jumping in and thinking the bailout is a failure. Come back in say about a decade, then you can look back and see if it really helped or not. Contrary to popular belief (and by popular, I refer to where I live) bailouts have worked in the past.

    I do agree that it's unfortunate that there are people involved who simply refuse to let go of the practices that helped shape the problem in the first place. I honestly think those people should be fired immediately.
  5. No comment on the movies, but as for the other. I'm surprised that the groups were under the impression that someone could just sweep in and instantly change the laws to include rights and benefits. It's no where near that simple. I can understand that they're disappointed, but they're also being completely unrealistic in their expectations.
  6. I hope you'll all forgive me if I don't respond to all of the posts here. I'm only going to say that I can understand what Allamorph is talking about since, as someone who is religious, suicide is considered a grave sin. However, just because the act itself is considered a terrible and grave sin, it doesn't rule out how one approaches it.

    This is how I see it: Was the person who took his life mentally ill? Was he or she so deeply depressed as to be unbalanced or otherwise emotionally disturbed? Was the suicide a tragic, pitiful call for help that went unheeded too long or progressed faster than the victim intended? Did he or she somehow not understand the seriousness of the act? Was he or she suffering from a chemical imbalance that led to despair and a loss of self-control?

    So naturally once you have looked at these factors, you have to see what you can do to prevent it. I think it's the same for assisted suicide as well since like Indi pointed out, there is usually other things going on, like depression.
  7. I think every generation has their rude or rather unruly children. It certainly seems like today's kids are ruder, but it's honestly been long enough that I can't remember clearly enough to know if that's really true or not.

    As a parent, I think it starts at an early age. You begin by teaching your kids the basics of saying please and thank you, so they understand being polite and respectful to others. Just as you have to stick with something when you say no so they understand that no really does mean that.

    I don't really care for spanking or swatting, however, there are times where I can see it being necessary. Like swatting a kids hand when they are about to touch a hot stove. You don't always have time to say stop it, you have to act instantly to prevent it from happening.

    The same goes with spanking, you can use other means, but if they choose to ignore that, sometimes it takes a little more for them to realize that they really do need to behave. So long as it's not excessive and you're not crossing the line into real abuse, I don't see an issue with it.

    Anyway, it is disheartening to see kids who are not properly disciplined/taught. They end up becoming those kids who are nasty to others and bully the other kids.
  8. Well it's good they got their money back. The only time I've run into something not having what it should is in the pharmacy area. You have to carefully check stuff since people will get into the boxes and steal half of the cold or allergy medicine. I didn't notice it once and ended up realizing, once I got home and was putting things away, that close to a third of the box had been pilfered.
  9. According to the news, there are now two probable cases in my area as well. No school closures as of yet. I suppose it was only a matter of time until it arrived. Still, as others have said, it is treatable so I'm not going to worry over it. I'm already cautious since I catch things easily so there isn't much else for me to do anyway.
  10. I wouldn't call them summer jobs, but when I was a teenager, I was paid to play the organ for different church services. I usually ended up using the money I made to pay for more organ lessons. Now a days, I don't work since I'm disabled. So my summer job consists of some light gardening.
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