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2012-08-15 03:28:11 AM  

lelio: Mr. Potatoass: [www.conservationmagazine.org image 314x310]

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LOL
 
2012-08-15 03:29:36 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-15 03:33:26 AM  

Captain_Ballbeard: austin_millbarge: As much as some of these parents are batshiat paranoid about OMG MOLESTERZ I want to be nowhere near a kid out of fear of being locked up BECUZ YOU BREATHED ON HIM DURP!!!

/also, don't ask me to save your kid if he's in trouble
//little johnny is going to drown before i lay a hand on him

Just because the world is shiat doesn't mean we are not men any more.


What does that have to do with "being a man"?

It's a strict cost analysis... does this brat I don't even know mean more to me than my life? And I don't just mean dying, because that would be easy, I mean being presumed guilty, tossed in jail, and treated like subhuman scum for the rest of my natural life just because men have become the reliable old bogeyman used by the media to scare people for ratings?

The answer is no, someone else's kid isn't worth losing everything over. And if you think otherwise, you're not a "man", you're an idiot.
 
2012-08-15 03:34:11 AM  

Pribar: darkmayo: I had a flight when I was around 30 and there was an unaccompanied child next to me, kid was about 10 or 11 I think.

Normally I just pop in the ear buds and watch the TV or play DS but this kid was practising card tricks and he was doing sleight of hand tricks. It was totally awesome, as the kid was pretty good.

/CSB

(threadjack)
when I was on the old Iwo Jima there was this navy bosun who would walk up while we were playing cards, ask if it was a full deck and if we would say yes he would hand one of us a sealed envelope and have that person shuffle and cut the deck and flip the cut up to show the bottom card, then he would have that person open the envelope and in it would be a piece of paper with the fricken card he had just cut to written on it, he did this every few days choosing different people and decks each time and was never wrong, I have not met anyone till this day who can tell me how the SoB did it
(/threadjack)


It was a blank piece of paper, you guys only imagined the marking on it.
 
2012-08-15 03:37:10 AM  

Pribar: darkmayo: I had a flight when I was around 30 and there was an unaccompanied child next to me, kid was about 10 or 11 I think.

Normally I just pop in the ear buds and watch the TV or play DS but this kid was practising card tricks and he was doing sleight of hand tricks. It was totally awesome, as the kid was pretty good.

/CSB

(threadjack)
when I was on the old Iwo Jima there was this navy bosun who would walk up while we were playing cards, ask if it was a full deck and if we would say yes he would hand one of us a sealed envelope and have that person shuffle and cut the deck and flip the cut up to show the bottom card, then he would have that person open the envelope and in it would be a piece of paper with the fricken card he had just cut to written on it, he did this every few days choosing different people and decks each time and was never wrong, I have not met anyone till this day who can tell me how the SoB did it
(/threadjack)


Carbon paper in the envelope, used the fingernail to write on the paper after the card was shown.
/what else you got? :)
 
2012-08-15 03:39:12 AM  
Yeah, because if you read Fark, you know that women NEVER touch kids, ever ever ever.

Why didn't they move the kid......or as others have said, upgrade him.....and yeah who would want to sit next to some brat anyway. They will probably get sued over this.
 
2012-08-15 03:42:35 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Captain_Ballbeard: austin_millbarge: As much as some of these parents are batshiat paranoid about OMG MOLESTERZ I want to be nowhere near a kid out of fear of being locked up BECUZ YOU BREATHED ON HIM DURP!!!

/also, don't ask me to save your kid if he's in trouble
//little johnny is going to drown before i lay a hand on him

Just because the world is shiat doesn't mean we are not men any more.

What does that have to do with "being a man"?

It's a strict cost analysis... does this brat I don't even know mean more to me than my life? And I don't just mean dying, because that would be easy, I mean being presumed guilty, tossed in jail, and treated like subhuman scum for the rest of my natural life just because men have become the reliable old bogeyman used by the media to scare people for ratings?

The answer is no, someone else's kid isn't worth losing everything over. And if you think otherwise, you're not a "man", you're an idiot.


Well, it *is* true. Real men jump at shadows and cower from the mere possibility of low-probability occurrences. That's what real men do.
 
2012-08-15 03:42:41 AM  

Pribar: darkmayo: I had a flight when I was around 30 and there was an unaccompanied child next to me, kid was about 10 or 11 I think.

Normally I just pop in the ear buds and watch the TV or play DS but this kid was practising card tricks and he was doing sleight of hand tricks. It was totally awesome, as the kid was pretty good.

/CSB

(threadjack)
when I was on the old Iwo Jima there was this navy bosun who would walk up while we were playing cards, ask if it was a full deck and if we would say yes he would hand one of us a sealed envelope and have that person shuffle and cut the deck and flip the cut up to show the bottom card, then he would have that person open the envelope and in it would be a piece of paper with the fricken card he had just cut to written on it, he did this every few days choosing different people and decks each time and was never wrong, I have not met anyone till this day who can tell me how the SoB did it
(/threadjack)



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2012-08-15 03:48:06 AM  

Vertdang: Pribar: darkmayo: I had a flight when I was around 30 and there was an unaccompanied child next to me, kid was about 10 or 11 I think.

Normally I just pop in the ear buds and watch the TV or play DS but this kid was practising card tricks and he was doing sleight of hand tricks. It was totally awesome, as the kid was pretty good.

/CSB

(threadjack)
when I was on the old Iwo Jima there was this navy bosun who would walk up while we were playing cards, ask if it was a full deck and if we would say yes he would hand one of us a sealed envelope and have that person shuffle and cut the deck and flip the cut up to show the bottom card, then he would have that person open the envelope and in it would be a piece of paper with the fricken card he had just cut to written on it, he did this every few days choosing different people and decks each time and was never wrong, I have not met anyone till this day who can tell me how the SoB did it
(/threadjack)

Carbon paper in the envelope, used the fingernail to write on the paper after the card was shown.
/what else you got? :)


The story states that the sealed envelope was handed over before the deck was shuffled or card was shown. Assuming the sequence of events is correct, that would require an accomplice in each group.

/kind of puzzled over this one myself
 
2012-08-15 03:48:34 AM  

DarklyDreamingLiberation: I get that he is an angry nurse (they're all angry and for good reason; I have nothing but respect for nurses) and would not hurt a child, but to expect that the whole policy be scrapped is being a whiny c*nt about a tactless flight attendant.

Parents feel safer taking their chances having their kids sit next to stange women than strange men. Period. I ride the bus and T every day and see it all the time. Even with teachers banging their way thru middle schools, being a damn nurse he should still know that FACT; it's definitely mentioned in psych class. Though not all parents are as fortunate to have a male nurse to be sitting next to their kid if god forbid something happen. But come on guy, how are they supposed to know that?

That flight attendant SHOULD have thanked him, too. As well as apologize to all three of them for moving the both of them and probably embarrassing the little girl in the process. If this is standard policy, then it should be part of the damn safety speech. "And to close, as per policy, if you are a single male sitting next to an unaccompanied minor, please switch with the nearest female willing to move seats." A simple sentence, and many a PR situations and possible lawsuits avoided. YOUR WELCOME.

Hopefully all the passengers of that flight can read this article so he can be vindicated of his shame !



Thats one option. Or you could just tell the parents
encrypted-tbn0.google.com
and quit expecting everyone to put your asinine fears at ease.

No that would be too easy. Better to inconvenience and embarrass strangers.
 
2012-08-15 03:55:06 AM  

lelio: Mr. Potatoass: [www.conservationmagazine.org image 314x310]

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lmfao
 
2012-08-15 03:55:17 AM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-08-15 03:55:27 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: What does that have to do with "being a man"?


"Being a man" used to mean something back when there was a consensus that adult males ought to be held to standards of conduct above those of women and children. For obvious reasons this idea has largely fallen by the wayside, but some still cling to it for personal reasons.

It used to make good practical sense that men hazard their safety for the sake of children, when the population was low and infant mortality was high and many of the men were employed in doing hazardous stuff for the support of their families anyway. Nowadays the situation is reversed and children are more expendable (in practical terms) than they've ever been, but social mores have not yet caught up with this.
 
2012-08-15 03:55:40 AM  

Pribar: darkmayo: I had a flight when I was around 30 and there was an unaccompanied child next to me, kid was about 10 or 11 I think.

Normally I just pop in the ear buds and watch the TV or play DS but this kid was practising card tricks and he was doing sleight of hand tricks. It was totally awesome, as the kid was pretty good.

/CSB

(threadjack)
when I was on the old Iwo Jima there was this navy bosun who would walk up while we were playing cards, ask if it was a full deck and if we would say yes he would hand one of us a sealed envelope and have that person shuffle and cut the deck and flip the cut up to show the bottom card, then he would have that person open the envelope and in it would be a piece of paper with the fricken card he had just cut to written on it, he did this every few days choosing different people and decks each time and was never wrong, I have not met anyone till this day who can tell me how the SoB did it
(/threadjack)


The guy shuffling was in on it and cut to a specific card.
 
2012-08-15 03:58:53 AM  

stampylives: [i.imgur.com image 325x183]


There are some things you dont ask
 
2012-08-15 03:59:01 AM  
The whole planet deserves to burn.

Seriously, lets just nuke the whole damned place.
 
2012-08-15 04:06:58 AM  
But feminism is about equality... right?
 
2012-08-15 04:11:23 AM  

JohnnyC: But feminism is about equality... right?


Like traffic laws are for safety
 
2012-08-15 04:12:42 AM  
jetzzfan [Miner]

Damn, off to Amazon to look for a Stratego set.
 
2012-08-15 04:15:31 AM  
And biatches wonder why their men would rather play X-Box than listen to their shiat these days.
 
2012-08-15 04:17:56 AM  
Gee, being asked to sit in a different airplane seat is pretty severe I hope the guy gets treatment for his PTSD. If he works with cancer patients, he can now tell them what REAL suffering is like.
 
2012-08-15 04:18:21 AM  
Captain_Ballbeard: Just because the world is shiat doesn't mean we are not men any more.

I think we have to make a judgment call here, I mean, is the kid in danger because they did something really stupid? If so, I'm staying out of Uncle Chuck's way.

// Uncle Chuck, AKA Charles Darwin.
 
2012-08-15 04:19:14 AM  

balisane: Vertdang: Pribar: darkmayo: I had a flight when I was around 30 and there was an unaccompanied child next to me, kid was about 10 or 11 I think.

Normally I just pop in the ear buds and watch the TV or play DS but this kid was practising card tricks and he was doing sleight of hand tricks. It was totally awesome, as the kid was pretty good.

/CSB

(threadjack)
when I was on the old Iwo Jima there was this navy bosun who would walk up while we were playing cards, ask if it was a full deck and if we would say yes he would hand one of us a sealed envelope and have that person shuffle and cut the deck and flip the cut up to show the bottom card, then he would have that person open the envelope and in it would be a piece of paper with the fricken card he had just cut to written on it, he did this every few days choosing different people and decks each time and was never wrong, I have not met anyone till this day who can tell me how the SoB did it
(/threadjack)

Carbon paper in the envelope, used the fingernail to write on the paper after the card was shown.
/what else you got? :)

The story states that the sealed envelope was handed over before the deck was shuffled or card was shown. Assuming the sequence of events is correct, that would require an accomplice in each group.

/kind of puzzled over this one myself


we thought of the carbon paper but he didn't touch the envelope after he handed it over and he would go up to random Marines and use us to do the trick, I knew some of the guys that got handed the envelope and they were as wigged out by it as I was, and ask any self respecting Marine how likely it would be for one of us to back a squids play against fellow Marines, not likely.
 
2012-08-15 04:20:02 AM  
There was a story a year or two ago about how a little boy drowned in a pond. A guy came forward and said he had seen the child wandering the street, but because we was worried about being branded a molester if he had tried to help the child, he just kept driving. This crap is why that child died, instead of being taken to the police and reunited with his family.
 
2012-08-15 04:22:36 AM  

SquiggelyGrounders: JohnnyC: But feminism is about equality... right?

Like traffic laws are for safety


Traffic laws ARE for safety. They keep the insurance company money safe. They also keep the highway enforcement department's jobs safe. What do you mean they're not for safety?
 
2012-08-15 04:29:33 AM  

fortean chicken: Who the heck wants to sit next to a child anyway?


Better them sitting next to you than behind you kicking the seat every ten minutes for the entire flight.

Of course anything is better than sitting next to a French sex tourist flying back home from Bangkok.
 
2012-08-15 04:30:29 AM  

jaytkay: Gee, being asked to sit in a different airplane seat is pretty severe I hope the guy gets treatment for his PTSD. If he works with cancer patients, he can now tell them what REAL suffering is like.


Yes, because this isn't the worst thing that has ever happened to a human being there is no need to address it.
 
2012-08-15 04:31:11 AM  
Total over-reaction on the airline's part.

Obviously the parents didn't particularly care about this child, or else they would never have let it travel alone on a plane full of peodophiles and kiddy-diddlers.
 
2012-08-15 04:39:48 AM  

tankjr: I'm ok with this. All men are presumed to be rapists and pedophiles until proven otherwise. The only way to prove you're not a rapist or a pedophile is to die without having raped anyone. Until then, you're a rapist and a pedophile.


Even then you aren't safe. There is a radio dj here that will occasionally talk about being sexually abused as a child now that her uncle (the pedo) is dead. Only she can tell you if it is true though. I can imagine seeing people start to prey on obituaries looking for prominent individuals within their local communities and come forward after the death of the 'assailant' by cooking up a story and trying to claim grievance money. Especially since the target wouldn't be able to defend himself.

It was hard enough defending myself with a lawyer after I was arrested on a warrant for allegedly choking my ex. The first 2 judges (males) that oversaw my case along with the DA and state prosecutor gave me no wiggle room to get out of it. They saw her words in the report and trusted them completely (including the inconsistencies). I was looking at either spending $20k just to start the trial process or slammed with a felony conviction if I went the guilty or no contest route. The 3rd judge (a female) lambasted all of them in the courtroom when she started asking questions that none of them could answer. She then demanded that the state prosecutor get this girl on the phone. A call was placed for the whole room to hear, "This number has been disconnected" No shiat dumbasses I tried telling all of you in the beginning that this whole rouse was filed with a phone she could toss a day before she fled to New York...

Charges dropped on the spot = :)
But by that time, 2 years later, my life had been royally farked (her goal in the first place). People at work thought I was farked up in the head, eventually got kicked out of the military, car repossessed, and I was homeless all because no one validated her accusations. = :(
 
2012-08-15 04:50:25 AM  
This weekend I flew to Japan on business. Of course, the government will only pay for cattle class, and all that was left was middle seats. So I spend my own money to move up to United Economy Plus, aisle seat, because fark you United and your new shiatty frequent flyer program. Anyway, during boarding, a mom and her kid (maybe 3 years old) show up for the row behind me, and mom has the middle seat, and her kid has the middle seat across the aisle. She starts yammering at the stewardess about how she needs to sit next to her kid and the stewardess agrees that that needs to happen, but it's a full flight, so mom and stewardess talk the guy right behind me into giving up his aisle seat for a middle so she and the kid can sit together. He's pissed, but gives in, and as far as I could tell got nothing for his trouble.

Who the fark does something like that? I'd have told her to go pound sand--I went to the trouble of properly planning and shelling out my own money to get that seat, and she and her fark-trophy can suck it up or take another flight. And what wussy moron would willingly subject himself to a 13-hour middle-seat ride? Farking retard.
 
2012-08-15 04:56:35 AM  

gibbon1: Of course anything is better than sitting next to a French sex tourist flying back home from Bangkok.


It's probably more common to sit next to a German sex tourist....there's even a German word ("bomsbomber", i.e., 'farkbomber') to designate airplane flights specializing in such amusements.
And the return flights are called "dripsklipper", i.e., 'clapclipper', since most such tourists have picked up some little venereal friends while in Thailand.
 
2012-08-15 05:01:54 AM  

Tenatra: tankjr: I'm ok with this. All men are presumed to be rapists and pedophiles until proven otherwise. The only way to prove you're not a rapist or a pedophile is to die without having raped anyone. Until then, you're a rapist and a pedophile.

Even then you aren't safe. There is a radio dj here that will occasionally talk about being sexually abused as a child now that her uncle (the pedo) is dead. Only she can tell you if it is true though. I can imagine seeing people start to prey on obituaries looking for prominent individuals within their local communities and come forward after the death of the 'assailant' by cooking up a story and trying to claim grievance money. Especially since the target wouldn't be able to defend himself.

It was hard enough defending myself with a lawyer after I was arrested on a warrant for allegedly choking my ex. The first 2 judges (males) that oversaw my case along with the DA and state prosecutor gave me no wiggle room to get out of it. They saw her words in the report and trusted them completely (including the inconsistencies). I was looking at either spending $20k just to start the trial process or slammed with a felony conviction if I went the guilty or no contest route. The 3rd judge (a female) lambasted all of them in the courtroom when she started asking questions that none of them could answer. She then demanded that the state prosecutor get this girl on the phone. A call was placed for the whole room to hear, "This number has been disconnected" No shiat dumbasses I tried telling all of you in the beginning that this whole rouse was filed with a phone she could toss a day before she fled to New York...

Charges dropped on the spot = :)
But by that time, 2 years later, my life had been royally farked (her goal in the first place). People at work thought I was farked up in the head, eventually got kicked out of the military, car repossessed, and I was homeless all because no one validated her accusations. = :(


And that's why it's easiest not to deal with children, or even women.

No one ever doubts what they say. It can be the most outlandish, baseless, unprovable lie, but because it was said by a woman or child, it's the absolute truth.
 
2012-08-15 05:01:58 AM  

virtdave: gibbon1: Of course anything is better than sitting next to a French sex tourist flying back home from Bangkok.

It's probably more common to sit next to a German sex tourist....there's even a German word ("bomsbomber", i.e., 'farkbomber') to designate airplane flights specializing in such amusements.
And the return flights are called "dripsklipper", i.e., 'clapclipper', since most such tourists have picked up some little venereal friends while in Thailand.


Man, those Germans have a word for EVERYTHING. I'll be talking to one of my German friends and he'll say some two syllable German word. I'll ask him what it means, and he'll be like, "oh, there's not really a word for it in English, it means something like that particular shade of orange that lines the leaves in autumn during a sunrise on a clear, cloudless day". I used to think he was messing with me, but every damn time I call BS, we pull up an English-to-German dictionary, and damned if he isn't dead-on. It's infuriating. I imaging that most of German public schooling consists of vocabulary lessons.
 
2012-08-15 05:17:52 AM  
I had a early summer flight a couple of years ago, ATL - PHX, I think it was America West. Aisle seat, some woman middle, and a 10 or 11 year old UAM girl at the window.

Tow rows forward, also at the window, another 10 or 11 year old girl UAM. The girls had spotted each other, and the flight attendant asked the woman next to me if she'd move to the window up front so the two girls could sit together.(Probably so the flight attendants didn't have to work at tracking two unaccompanied minors)

Several things went through my mind, including the varying degrees of possible crap like the guy in the article encountered.

I had a complex spreadsheet to work on and good headphones. The most annoying part of the flight was the girls raising and lowering the window shade every 10 minutes in an in-flight game of "are we there yet."

In short, nothing happened
 
2012-08-15 05:38:59 AM  

DarklyDreamingLiberation: I get that he is an angry nurse (they're all angry and for good reason; I have nothing but respect for nurses) and would not hurt a child, but to expect that the whole policy be scrapped is being a whiny c*nt about a tactless flight attendant.

Parents feel safer taking their chances having their kids sit next to stange women than strange men. Period. I ride the bus and T every day and see it all the time. Even with teachers banging their way thru middle schools, being a damn nurse he should still know that FACT; it's definitely mentioned in psych class. Though not all parents are as fortunate to have a male nurse to be sitting next to their kid if god forbid something happen. But come on guy, how are they supposed to know that?

That flight attendant SHOULD have thanked him, too. As well as apologize to all three of them for moving the both of them and probably embarrassing the little girl in the process. If this is standard policy, then it should be part of the damn safety speech. "And to close, as per policy, if you are a single male sitting next to an unaccompanied minor, please switch with the nearest female willing to move seats." A simple sentence, and many a PR situations and possible lawsuits avoided. YOUR WELCOME.

Hopefully all the passengers of that flight can read this article so he can be vindicated of his shame !


I don't think you actually understood what happened. He was more or less publicly accused of pedophilia. If he chose to not comply with the stewardess, he would probably have been taken off of the flight by air marshals. That's insulting. It's degrading. Its not about a tactless flight attendant, because nothing they say makes the situation any better. Changing the words doesn't make being accused of pedophilia sound nicer. This getting through to you?

Parents feel yadda yadda yadda. They didn't hire a chaperone, or buy the seats on both sides of the girl. He bought that seat.

And who was it who volunteered every potential woman to be an unpaid babysitter for any random kid? Shouldn't women you know, resent this? Maybe a little?

And no. The policy should be changed. Its insulting to insinuate that every single guy out there is a potential pedo. You can't get away with saying that.
 
2012-08-15 05:43:17 AM  
First thought upon reading the headline was "what kind of a man complains about getting a kid that isnt his removed from his vicinity?"

Then I read the male nurse part of the article.... OHHHHHHH, *THAT* kind of a man....

/ what? caring and upstanding...what did you think I meant?
 
2012-08-15 05:43:56 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: No one ever doubts what they say. It can be the most outlandish, baseless, unprovable lie, but because it was said by a woman or child, it's the absolute truth.


Yea especially if they are willing to jump the gun on a warrant if they can't make contact with you immediately. Lemme tell you, it was fan-farking-tastic when I woke up at a friends house and found out there was an all-points bulletin out for my ass in the city and I was to be arrested at the gate if I tried going on to the base. Not to mention security forces looking for me all night on base.
 
2012-08-15 05:49:45 AM  
In other news, that poll at the end of the article now looks like a penis.
 
2012-08-15 05:59:05 AM  
Had a friend that took his kids camping. He had a really nice tent they all could sleep in, very roomy, even for 5 kids. He was struggling single father. Anyway, he had 1 boy and 4 girls, from 6 years old to 17. He was getting ready to go to sleep when a camp worker walked up and asked to talk to him. The worker said, "You're not sleeping in the tent with the kids are you?" My friend said "Um..ya, they are my kids!" The worker said that unless he would sleep in the car, they would have to leave. Utter bullshiat, and my friend went medieval on the guy. Turned out the worker was a christian fundie, and walked around pulling this bullshiat on allot of campers. The guy was fired, and my friend got the weekend free there, along with a letter of apology from the owners.
 
2012-08-15 06:03:27 AM  

untaken_name: virtdave: gibbon1: Of course anything is better than sitting next to a French sex tourist flying back home from Bangkok.

It's probably more common to sit next to a German sex tourist....there's even a German word ("bomsbomber", i.e., 'farkbomber') to designate airplane flights specializing in such amusements.
And the return flights are called "dripsklipper", i.e., 'clapclipper', since most such tourists have picked up some little venereal friends while in Thailand.

Man, those Germans have a word for EVERYTHING. I'll be talking to one of my German friends and he'll say some two syllable German word. I'll ask him what it means, and he'll be like, "oh, there's not really a word for it in English, it means something like that particular shade of orange that lines the leaves in autumn during a sunrise on a clear, cloudless day". I used to think he was messing with me, but every damn time I call BS, we pull up an English-to-German dictionary, and damned if he isn't dead-on. It's infuriating. I imaging that most of German public schooling consists of vocabulary lessons.


While the Germans do have a lot of compound words with unusual meanings, the breadth of vocabulary found in English is insanely huge by comparison to any other Euro language, possibly any other language on the planet. This is due to our gothic and romantic roots, our appropriating of words from other languages and the huge geographic spread resulting in new slangs and dialects evolving constantly.
 
2012-08-15 06:03:55 AM  
If this happened to me, I'd be delighted I didn't have to sit next to snotty nosed little girl the whole flight.

Oh wait, it' because it's on the assumption that I'm a kiddy diddler? WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE.JPG?
 
2012-08-15 06:04:25 AM  
They weren't unaccompanied, but I once found myself in the 3-side of an MD80 surrounded by not one, not two, but FIVE -- FIVE infants in lap.

The drink cart made it to my row, and before they had a chance to ask what I would like I said "SCOTCH. NOW." The FA said "This is so totally on us" and comped me a couple handfuls. I still twitch a bit from that.
 
2012-08-15 06:09:11 AM  
this is one of the beauty parts of teh internetz. people calling out piss-poor customer handling for all to know about. hopefully Quantas will end up with improved procedures after all the dust has settled. maybe that will make butt-hurt male nurse feel better about the whole thing.

i'll continue to avoid your children at all costs. i don't need the grief and i try to avoid conflicts with johnny law at all times. if i was great dictator i'd send all your children to Europe to be raised by right proper nannies. send them home all grown up with the cutest English accents. of course, that's assuming they made it past the death panels. same goes for you. trim the fat, no country for tarts and all that, you know.
 
2012-08-15 06:14:31 AM  

Gothnet: untaken_name: virtdave: gibbon1: Of course anything is better than sitting next to a French sex tourist flying back home from Bangkok.

It's probably more common to sit next to a German sex tourist....there's even a German word ("bomsbomber", i.e., 'farkbomber') to designate airplane flights specializing in such amusements.
And the return flights are called "dripsklipper", i.e., 'clapclipper', since most such tourists have picked up some little venereal friends while in Thailand.

Man, those Germans have a word for EVERYTHING. I'll be talking to one of my German friends and he'll say some two syllable German word. I'll ask him what it means, and he'll be like, "oh, there's not really a word for it in English, it means something like that particular shade of orange that lines the leaves in autumn during a sunrise on a clear, cloudless day". I used to think he was messing with me, but every damn time I call BS, we pull up an English-to-German dictionary, and damned if he isn't dead-on. It's infuriating. I imaging that most of German public schooling consists of vocabulary lessons.

While the Germans do have a lot of compound words with unusual meanings, the breadth of vocabulary found in English is insanely huge by comparison to any other Euro language, possibly any other language on the planet. This is due to our gothic and romantic roots, our appropriating of words from other languages and the huge geographic spread resulting in new slangs and dialects evolving constantly.


Yes, but while we have somewhere around 250k words, many of them have duplicate meanings because they were appropriated from different languages. I wonder how many words there are with unique definitions in English, and how that compares to other languages.
 
2012-08-15 06:21:27 AM  

Captain_Ballbeard: austin_millbarge: As much as some of these parents are batshiat paranoid about OMG MOLESTERZ I want to be nowhere near a kid out of fear of being locked up BECUZ YOU BREATHED ON HIM DURP!!!

/also, don't ask me to save your kid if he's in trouble
//little johnny is going to drown before i lay a hand on him

Just because the world is shiat doesn't mean we are not men any more.


We are DEVO.
 
2012-08-15 06:25:32 AM  

Bigdogdaddy: ladyfortuna: Bigdogdaddy: Obviously the parents weren't concerned about sending the child on a flight by herself. I guess we went from helicopter parents to making airplane parents?

When I was 15 I flew to and from Nevada by myself for a Girl Scout trip; I don't recall any special seating arrangements for any of the legs (and there were several, each way). My mom also didn't give me any 'special' safety instructions other than the usual.

Kids parents today...

Well, 15 is a lot different than 15. The people that booked the airline should have been more aware of the age thing, not that there aren't female pedophiles. Glad nothing bad happened to you.

It's a sad world we live in. ~sigh~


Actually, there ARE female pedophiles, and this presumption that somehow a child is safer with a woman than a man--because we all know only men are incapable of controlling their urges--is what keeps them undetected. Because we all know women never would harm a child, right?
 
2012-08-15 06:33:42 AM  

untaken_name: Gothnet: untaken_name: virtdave: gibbon1: Of course anything is better than sitting next to a French sex tourist flying back home from Bangkok.

It's probably more common to sit next to a German sex tourist....there's even a German word ("bomsbomber", i.e., 'farkbomber') to designate airplane flights specializing in such amusements.
And the return flights are called "dripsklipper", i.e., 'clapclipper', since most such tourists have picked up some little venereal friends while in Thailand.

Man, those Germans have a word for EVERYTHING. I'll be talking to one of my German friends and he'll say some two syllable German word. I'll ask him what it means, and he'll be like, "oh, there's not really a word for it in English, it means something like that particular shade of orange that lines the leaves in autumn during a sunrise on a clear, cloudless day". I used to think he was messing with me, but every damn time I call BS, we pull up an English-to-German dictionary, and damned if he isn't dead-on. It's infuriating. I imaging that most of German public schooling consists of vocabulary lessons.

While the Germans do have a lot of compound words with unusual meanings, the breadth of vocabulary found in English is insanely huge by comparison to any other Euro language, possibly any other language on the planet. This is due to our gothic and romantic roots, our appropriating of words from other languages and the huge geographic spread resulting in new slangs and dialects evolving constantly.

Yes, but while we have somewhere around 250k words, many of them have duplicate meanings because they were appropriated from different languages. I wonder how many words there are with unique definitions in English, and how that compares to other languages.


Many, many more. We do have many overlapping terms, but each is accompanied by its own connotations and nuances, two terms that themselves are close in meaning but not a perfect match.

English, by being the klepto of languages, so far has proven to capture the zeitgeist better than most others. A source of patriotic schadenfreude to some.
 
2012-08-15 06:34:52 AM  

fusillade762: Qantas has defended its policy, saying it is consistent with that of other airlines around the world and reflects parents' concerns.

If the parents are so concerned why don't they just ACCOMPANY THEIR F*CKING CHILDREN???


Yup. Quit expecting others to parent your kids, and do the job yourself, asshole.
 
2012-08-15 06:43:36 AM  
It's better to learn the arts of love from an adult woman.
 
2012-08-15 06:45:51 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Bigdogdaddy: ladyfortuna: Bigdogdaddy: Obviously the parents weren't concerned about sending the child on a flight by herself. I guess we went from helicopter parents to making airplane parents?

When I was 15 I flew to and from Nevada by myself for a Girl Scout trip; I don't recall any special seating arrangements for any of the legs (and there were several, each way). My mom also didn't give me any 'special' safety instructions other than the usual.

Kids parents today...

Well, 15 is a lot different than 15. The people that booked the airline should have been more aware of the age thing, not that there aren't female pedophiles. Glad nothing bad happened to you.

It's a sad world we live in. ~sigh~

Actually, there ARE female pedophiles, and this presumption that somehow a child is safer with a woman than a man--because we all know only men are incapable of controlling their urges--is what keeps them undetected. Because we all know women never would harm a child, right?


I didn't say that children were safer with a woman because I know more women that are hateful to their own children and other's children and actually people in general than men are. Usually men are like, "leave me alone kid." Actually, I would be glad they moved me if it were the same type seat (aisle or window) because it is too easy to get accused of something by just an innocent pat on the head today. I will not even work with children for fear of having to defend myself against bullshiat. Shame, it's a loss for the children as well as myself because I generally like children and they seem to like me.
 
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