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2012-12-22 06:19:42 PM  
 
2012-12-22 06:24:04 PM  
Homework: So let's get this straight, we ban hugs and France bans homework? So not fair. In October President Francois Hollande vowed to ban after-school work in public schools. The move is in part designed to even the academic playing field between kids with overly involved parents and kids with just the opposite.

So, children with overly involved parents will pull further ahead because they'll still be doing additional study outside of class.

Stay classy France.
 
2012-12-22 06:24:38 PM  
fark Michelle Obama
 
2012-12-22 06:24:49 PM  
Total "Meh" after reading the article: 35.
 
2012-12-22 06:24:51 PM  
the Illinois school banning the kilt was hilarious, americans for you ;)

Amazingly you'll blame health care for destroying society but guns will protect it. I just don't get it - in 1996 16 children were shot and killed in a small school in Dunblane, Scotland.

We changed our gun laws to make it tougher and more control. Hasn't happened since.

Now america... refuse to change their laws at every opportunity in the past few hundred years. It's too late to change them now, the barn is open... that horse bolted last century.

Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it), Afghanistan and North Korea.

You should be afraid of you OWN people. That's what's going to get ya !
 
2012-12-22 06:26:23 PM  

DaJesus: Deslided


Your link says they're all false, what I thought.
 
2012-12-22 06:26:33 PM  

DaJesus: Deslided


Thank you.

Buckyballs weren't banned outright, but rather the government harassed the vendor out of business.
 
2012-12-22 06:26:45 PM  
FTFA Duck abuse: Most of the country barely blinked when a long-ordered ban on the pricey pate went into effect in California in September. Chefs, however, grieved the outlawing of the delicacy made from force-fed ducks. Some even joined forces with foie producers taking the measure to task in court. But the cause was limp by most standards. As the Los Angeles Times put it: "Foie Gras is (rightly) banned, so let's move on.")

Stopped reading right here.  It isn't "duck abuse".  This stupid regulation is a another fine example of something that politicians can pass easily, stirs up a lot of emotion and yet solves no problem.  All you are doing is limited business and consumer choices.  Fortunately Chicago saw the light and repealed their ban.  California isn't going to be so lucky.

/and the law is being widely ignored
 
2012-12-22 06:29:02 PM  

wildcardjack: Homework: So let's get this straight, we ban hugs and France bans homework? So not fair. In October President Francois Hollande vowed to ban after-school work in public schools. The move is in part designed to even the academic playing field between kids with overly involved parents and kids with just the opposite.

So, children with overly involved parents will pull further ahead because they'll still be doing additional study outside of class.

Stay classy France.


No kidding, it says a lot this one was easily the stupidest of all the stupid bans on that list.  Not the worst ban, mind you, just the stupidest.  (In fact it's probably good overall, although a blanket ban on homework is taking it too far, IMO.)

www.aerojockey.com
"Homework is fun!"
 
2012-12-22 06:29:09 PM  

deplorable: Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it)


So we shouldn't point out foreigners who speak English awkwardly, but we are supposed to pronounce foreign words perfectly?
 
2012-12-22 06:34:25 PM  

deplorable: the Illinois school banning the kilt was hilarious, americans for you ;)

Amazingly you'll blame health care for destroying society but guns will protect it. I just don't get it - in 1996 16 children were shot and killed in a small school in Dunblane, Scotland.

We changed our gun laws to make it tougher and more control. Hasn't happened since.

Now america... refuse to change their laws at every opportunity in the past few hundred years. It's too late to change them now, the barn is open... that horse bolted last century.

Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it), Afghanistan and North Korea.

You should be afraid of you OWN people. That's what's going to get ya !


How do you pronounce Japan?

Nippon?
 
2012-12-22 06:34:31 PM  
You guys are missing a gem: Tennessee was not far behind, passing a law in May banning the inclusion of any "gateway body parts" in sex ed class discussions.

I don't think we are taking this seriously enough. My family and I was watching the 700 Club and they once brought on a harlot who was showing off her shoulder during a conversation about Ruth and her impact on the testaments. That resulted in me looking up lipstick ads followed by seeing models in jeggings. Next thing I know, I'm in every local BDSM club within a 50 mile radius.
 
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2012-12-22 06:40:57 PM  

TheManofPA: You guys are missing a gem: Tennessee was not far behind, passing a law in May banning the inclusion of any "gateway body parts" in sex ed class discussions.

I don't think we are taking this seriously enough. My family and I was watching the 700 Club and they once brought on a harlot who was showing off her shoulder during a conversation about Ruth and her impact on the testaments. That resulted in me looking up lipstick ads followed by seeing models in jeggings. Next thing I know, I'm in every local BDSM club within a 50 mile radius.


Nice.

+1
 
2012-12-22 06:41:18 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: deplorable: Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it)

So we shouldn't point out foreigners who speak English awkwardly, but we are supposed to pronounce foreign words perfectly?


Only if you don't want to look like a dumbass.
 
2012-12-22 06:42:26 PM  
i was alwasy taught if we don't follow the law, we don't believe in our country and it's law in general.
 
2012-12-22 06:43:01 PM  

kim jong-un:
How do you pronounce Japan?

Nippon?


This is something that has puzzled me for a long while. I could understand if the word was kind of similar but Deutschland =/= Germany by a long shot. Call the country what the people who live there call it.
 
2012-12-22 06:45:17 PM  
What they ought to ban is idiots texting while they drive, or barreling down the road with a cell phone crammed in their ear and not watching where they are going.

I average one near--miss with one of these yo--yos every 10 miles.
 
2012-12-22 06:45:38 PM  

aerojockey: wildcardjack: Homework: So let's get this straight, we ban hugs and France bans homework? So not fair. In October President Francois Hollande vowed to ban after-school work in public schools. The move is in part designed to even the academic playing field between kids with overly involved parents and kids with just the opposite.

So, children with overly involved parents will pull further ahead because they'll still be doing additional study outside of class.

Stay classy France.

No kidding, it says a lot this one was easily the stupidest of all the stupid bans on that list.  Not the worst ban, mind you, just the stupidest.  (In fact it's probably good overall, although a blanket ban on homework is taking it too far, IMO.)

[www.aerojockey.com image 80x80]
"Homework is fun!"


Here's to homogenous stupidity.
 
2012-12-22 06:48:14 PM  
I wish we could ban Madonna. She's a grandmother who hasn't realized that she's no longer 20 and isn't sexy anymore, just sad.

And the Utah ban on STDs and condoms, etc... The long term effects are going to suck when Utah is filled with teenagers who are parents who all have the clap. Abstinence doesn't work. I went to school in Texas. Our sex ed classes actually had a frank talk about condoms, STDs and the like. It was "You're 100% safe if you abstain and condom's aren't 100% effective." And that was all the abstinence teaching we got.
 
2012-12-22 06:48:57 PM  

Valeriyance: kim jong-un:
How do you pronounce Japan?

Nippon?

This is something that has puzzled me for a long while. I could understand if the word was kind of similar but Deutschland =/= Germany by a long shot. Call the country what the people who live there call it.


Go to Wikipedia's article on name of Germany.

/Republic of Georgia is something like "Sakartvelo" in Georgia. In their curlicue-intensive alphabet, of course.
 
2012-12-22 06:50:20 PM  
WTF is pink slime? Never heard of it before.
 
2012-12-22 06:50:41 PM  

deplorable: the Illinois school banning the kilt was hilarious, americans for you ;)

Amazingly you'll blame health care for destroying society but guns will protect it. I just don't get it - in 1996 16 children were shot and killed in a small school in Dunblane, Scotland.

We changed our gun laws to make it tougher and more control. Hasn't happened since.

Now america... refuse to change their laws at every opportunity in the past few hundred years. It's too late to change them now, the barn is open... that horse bolted last century.

Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it), Afghanistan and North Korea.

You should be afraid of you OWN people. That's what's going to get ya !


I don't know whether you've been to the U.S. or not, but I'd go so far as to say that it's the largest heterogeneous society in the world. Saying that it's ignorant to claim that all Americans love guns and imperialism is a gross understatement.

As for the statistic that there are nine guns for every ten people, one thing that is fairly consistent with gun owners: they typically don't own just one. I'm willing to bet that it's more accurate to say that out of every ten people, three people own three guns each and the next seven people don't own any than it is to say that nine out of every ten American citizens own one gun.
 
2012-12-22 06:51:18 PM  

deplorable: We changed our gun laws to make it tougher and more control. Hasn't happened since.


simpsonswiki.net
 
2012-12-22 06:52:49 PM  

Valeriyance: kim jong-un:
How do you pronounce Japan?

Nippon?

This is something that has puzzled me for a long while. I could understand if the word was kind of similar but Deutschland =/= Germany by a long shot. Call the country what the people who live there call it.


One night in Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit and the world's your oyster.
 
2012-12-22 06:53:13 PM  
That's tame compared to Obama's 2013 ban list: The Second Amend, White People, and Jesus.
 
2012-12-22 06:53:25 PM  
Insatiable Jesus
Your link says they're all false


Not anymore. :-P
 
2012-12-22 06:55:31 PM  

deplorable: the Illinois school banning the kilt was hilarious, americans for you ;)

Amazingly you'll blame health care for destroying society but guns will protect it. I just don't get it - in 1996 16 children were shot and killed in a small school in Dunblane, Scotland.

We changed our gun laws to make it tougher and more control. Hasn't happened since.

Now america... refuse to change their laws at every opportunity in the past few hundred years. It's too late to change them now, the barn is open... that horse bolted last century.

Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it), Afghanistan and North Korea.

You should be afraid of you OWN people. That's what's going to get ya !


Wait wait wait. You're in Scotland and you're telling us how to pronounce things?
 
2012-12-22 07:00:17 PM  

Agatha Crispy: WTF is pink slime? Never heard of it before.


Has your mom had that talk with you about feminine hygiene yet?
 
2012-12-22 07:00:49 PM  
FTFA: "Buffet abuse: When a Mongolian restaurant in the U.K. advertised an all-you-can-eat buffet, they didn't expect Andy Miles and George Dalmon to take it quite so literally. In October, the two super-eaters were blocked from the eatery after vacuuming up more food than the restaurant could dish out."

How does a buffet not have enough food to feed two people?
 
2012-12-22 07:09:46 PM  
FTFA: Models who look too young: In April, a largely topless catalog had the company in the crossfires of the U.K's Advertising Standards Authority. Then in December, the government agency took offense to a new campaign which they claim sexualizes a young-looking (though over 18) model.

Really? I've heard from a theoretical friend of a friend who once visited a porno shop that there's quite a few "young lass"-themed UK mags.
 
2012-12-22 07:14:25 PM  
These bans show me how f*cking pathetic the U.S. really is.

I mean, punish the kids who have good parents who are involved with their education?

No, let's teach to crack-whore and "baby daddy" students whose breeders don't give a f*ck. Banish hugging?! What a f*cking insane, no-thought, policy. Let's NOT use inappropriate hugging as a "coachable moment" for the kid. let's just ban it (allowing "good" students to be suspended or expelled). Smart, amurika.

Two quotes come to mind:

Mark Twain: "Censorship is saying a man can't have a steak because a baby can't chew it." This not only applies to censorship, but to just about everything mentioned in this article.

Benjamin Franklin: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Well, we certainly have that! "oh, a shooting! let's ban all guns"...or..."oh no! PBJ sandwiches! Bobby over here has an allergy so let's make the whole f*cking school bow down to him"...f*ck the other students..or "Hey, we're in danger of terrorists so let's try the Patriot Act. Yeah! I'm happy to see our constitutional freedoms eroded by OUR so-called leaders.

But the country is still pathetically paranoid, while they put their head in the sand and vote to have our freedom eroded.

The U.S. is not a good example of democracy, freedom of the people, educating it's people, any kind of financial prudence, health care...we are f*cking behind the times and the rest of the industrialized world is passing us...hell, lapping us.
 
2012-12-22 07:16:17 PM  
At first I thought what are going to biatch about in 2013, then it hit me that we would turn 35 into 45
 
2012-12-22 07:16:40 PM  

OddLlama: FTFA: "Buffet abuse: When a Mongolian restaurant in the U.K. advertised an all-you-can-eat buffet, they didn't expect Andy Miles and George Dalmon to take it quite so literally. In October, the two super-eaters were blocked from the eatery after vacuuming up more food than the restaurant could dish out."

How does a buffet not have enough food to feed two people?


Afterwards.....they went fishing.
 
2012-12-22 07:17:13 PM  
So ... female Iranian students out perform men, and the reaction is to ban them from going at ALL? Holy crap what is this I don't even @_@

.... maybe, moms, no one wants to see your breastfeeding photos on facebook because we don't care. Or I don't. Whatever.

This just in - Uggs are still dumb.

Cell phones used by women make scandals! Silly womens, what is this, getting to talk.

X_x I just .. I don't even.
 
2012-12-22 07:18:46 PM  
France going full Harrison Bergeron then?

I never realized there were socialists this goddamn stupid. I mean, in the west.
 
2012-12-22 07:23:16 PM  

special20: Agatha Crispy: WTF is pink slime? Never heard of it before.

Has your mom had that talk with you about feminine hygiene yet?


Sure but she never mentioned pink slime. How did your mother describe it to you? Did she mention your sister when you discussed it with her?
 
2012-12-22 07:24:02 PM  
Gateway body parts? wtf?
 
2012-12-22 07:27:15 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: deplorable: Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it)

So we shouldn't point out foreigners who speak English awkwardly, but we are supposed to pronounce foreign words perfectly?


Yep. Another display of amurika being ashamed - this time because we speak English.

And don't think of some of those bans restricted to other countries don't have traction, here. The public school system is heading towards the "no homework" policy.

Our "educational" system already serves only the incredibly stupid..."All Children Left Behind? andyone. The system ONLY rewards performance on standardized tests...so our teachers don't really teach anything but how to score on the test - they even cheat, themselves, as the kids' test scores impact them the most. Read Freakonomics if you think this is crap.
 
2012-12-22 07:32:08 PM  
Women talking on cellphones: In December, the Indian village of Bihar, announced a decision to bar all women from using cellular devices. According to the village council, the phones were the cause of too many scandalous elopements and a general "debasing the social atmosphere."

images.wikia.com

That's one big-ass village...
 
2012-12-22 07:37:40 PM  

Agatha Crispy: WTF is pink slime? Never heard of it before.


Mostly it's better that you don't know.  Just leave it at that.
 
2012-12-22 07:41:31 PM  

DaCaptain19: Our "educational" system already serves only the incredibly stupid..."All Children Left Behind? andyone. The system ONLY rewards performance on standardized tests...so our teachers don't really teach anything but how to score on the test - they even cheat, themselves, as the kids' test scores impact them the most. Read Freakonomics if you think this is crap.


A fair point, considering we fire teachers if the students don't do well on the standardized tests.
 
2012-12-22 07:43:03 PM  
As for the peanut butter thing, if your child is so weak that another child's peanut butter lunch can kill him, you might as well either put your kid in a bubble or kill the bastard.
 
2012-12-22 07:43:18 PM  
deplorable: Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it)

quiet you
 
2012-12-22 07:45:52 PM  

deplorable: Iran


Iran so far away.
 
2012-12-22 07:47:29 PM  
The first rule of Band Camp is 'You don't talk about Band Camp'.
 
2012-12-22 07:48:06 PM  

your average maint. man: i was alwasy taught if we don't follow the law, we don't believe in our country and it's law in general.


Thats pretty much where my head is at anymore.

Thats illegal!

So, what the fark isnt?
 
2012-12-22 07:49:19 PM  

Agatha Crispy: WTF is pink slime? Never heard of it before.


How did you not read the explanation of what it is in the article if you really didn't know? Obviously, you read enough to see that it was on the list....
 
2012-12-22 07:49:59 PM  
FTFA: "When a Mongolian restaurant in the U.K. advertised an all-you-can-eat buffet, they didn't expect Andy Miles and George Dalmon to take it quite so literally. In October, the two super-eaters were blocked from the eatery after vacuuming up more food than the restaurant could dish out."

You go now! Food all gone! Why you no eat vegetable?!
 
2012-12-22 07:51:39 PM  
Plenty of banned items from the intellectual giants known as "School Officials"

We need to ban stupid people from running the schools.
 
2012-12-22 07:52:34 PM  

Great Janitor: I wish we could ban Madonna. She's a grandmother who hasn't realized that she's no longer 20 and isn't sexy anymore, just sad.


Her daughter Lourdes is 16, but as far as I know, she hasn't had any kids yet. Rocco's only 12, so I don't think he has any either.
 
2012-12-22 07:52:55 PM  

olddinosaur: What they ought to ban is idiots texting while they drive, or barreling down the road with a cell phone crammed in their ear and not watching where they are going.

I average one near--miss with one of these yo--yos every 10 miles.


They actually did that here in Ontario a couple of years ago, seemed to enforce it for a a couple of weeks too.  Not so much these days, and at least once, often several times each day there is some bozo driving poorly, and 8 or 9 times out of 10 they are still on the phone as I go by.
 
2012-12-22 07:55:51 PM  

DaCaptain19: These bans show me how f*cking pathetic the U.S. really is.

I mean, punish the kids who have good parents who are involved with their education?

No, let's teach to crack-whore and "baby daddy" students whose breeders don't give a f*ck. Banish hugging?! What a f*cking insane, no-thought, policy. Let's NOT use inappropriate hugging as a "coachable moment" for the kid. let's just ban it (allowing "good" students to be suspended or expelled). Smart, amurika.


Except that wasn't America, it was France.

/Not that our system is effectively that much different
 
2012-12-22 07:58:27 PM  

DaCaptain19: These bans show me how f*cking pathetic the U.S. really is.

I mean, punish the kids who have good parents who are involved with their education?.


You know how I know you didn't read the article?

(Checks profile)

Oh, Chicago.

Never mind.
 
2012-12-22 08:01:53 PM  

Amos Quito: DaCaptain19: These bans show me how f*cking pathetic the U.S. really is.

I mean, punish the kids who have good parents who are involved with their education?

No, let's teach to crack-whore and "baby daddy" students whose breeders don't give a f*ck. Banish hugging?! What a f*cking insane, no-thought, policy. Let's NOT use inappropriate hugging as a "coachable moment" for the kid. let's just ban it (allowing "good" students to be suspended or expelled). Smart, amurika.

Except that wasn't America, it was France.

/Not that our system is effectively that much different


How did he not read the explanation of what it is in the article if he really didn't know? Obviously, he read enough to see that it was on the list....
 
2012-12-22 08:16:14 PM  

deplorable: the Illinois school banning the kilt was hilarious, americans for you ;)

Amazingly you'll blame health care for destroying society but guns will protect it. I just don't get it - in 1996 16 children were shot and killed in a small school in Dunblane, Scotland.

We changed our gun laws to make it tougher and more control. Hasn't happened since.

Now america... refuse to change their laws at every opportunity in the past few hundred years. It's too late to change them now, the barn is open... that horse bolted last century.

Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it), Afghanistan and North Korea.

You should be afraid of you OWN people. That's what's going to get ya !



Do you ever say anything other than "DURRR AMERIKA BAD!"?  I'm honestly curious.
 
2012-12-22 08:17:55 PM  
Galindo Elementary in Austin, TX banned Hot Cheetos and Taki's, because the presence was causing a disturbance among the students.

Nothing to do with nutrition, it was that damned song!

HOT CHEETOS AND TAKIS! HOT CHEETOS AND TAKIS!

I'M HUNGRY WHERE MY CHEETOS AT?

We were watching Home Alone on VHS, and on the previews there were some young early 90's black kids dancing for a Pepsi commercial. My son's 8 year old brother bursts out with "HOT CHEETOS AND TAKIS!!"

I guess the songs sounded similar but I felt bad and slightly racist for laughing so hard.
 
2012-12-22 08:30:55 PM  

Krieghund: ArcadianRefugee: deplorable: Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it)

So we shouldn't point out foreigners who speak English awkwardly, but we are supposed to pronounce foreign words perfectly?

Only if you don't want to look like a dumbass.


So foreigners who speak English poorly are doing their best and shouldn't be ridiculed, but Americans who don't speak foreign languages flawlessly are dumbasses.

Gotcha.
 
2012-12-22 08:35:35 PM  
The sex education ban in Utah is astounding. Of course, Utah skews all kinds of statistics. While the overwhelming respect its people have for a number of societal values is admirable, the religious and cultural conservatism kind of tarnishes that, in my opinion.

Unrelated note: The Cowardly Lion just jumped through the window at Oz's palace. Cut to commercial.
 
2012-12-22 08:36:21 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Krieghund: ArcadianRefugee: deplorable: Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it)

So we shouldn't point out foreigners who speak English awkwardly, but we are supposed to pronounce foreign words perfectly?

Only if you don't want to look like a dumbass.

So foreigners who speak English poorly are doing their best and shouldn't be ridiculed, but Americans who don't speak foreign languages flawlessly are dumbasses.

Gotcha.


Americans speaking foreign languages poorly is one thing. Calling Iraq Eye-Rack pretty much earns the dumbass label though.
 
2012-12-22 08:37:31 PM  

equusdc: Valeriyance: kim jong-un:
How do you pronounce Japan?

Nippon?

This is something that has puzzled me for a long while. I could understand if the word was kind of similar but Deutschland =/= Germany by a long shot. Call the country what the people who live there call it.

One night in Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit and the world's your oyster.


Exactly.  It's essentially impossible for one person to learn how to pronounce every capital city in the world as it is pronounced by the natives living there in their own language.  I'm not saying that one shouldn't make any effort, but the idea that you are (as one person put it in this thread) a "dumbass" if you don't call Bangkok "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon " (pronounced  exactly as a native Thai speaker would pronounce it) is ludicrous.
 
2012-12-22 08:48:26 PM  
Now farkers say the following words out load.

Vagina
Vagina
Vagina
Vagina
Vagina
Vagina

Vagina!!
Vagina!!!
Vagina!!!!
 
2012-12-22 08:58:35 PM  

deplorable: the Illinois school banning the kilt was hilarious, americans for you ;)

Amazingly you'll blame health care for destroying society but guns will protect it. I just don't get it - in 1996 16 children were shot and killed in a small school in Dunblane, Scotland.

We changed our gun laws to make it tougher and more control. Hasn't happened since.



Scotland you say?

Let's see what Google provides...

Scotland has second highest murder rate in Europe

Scotland's homicide rate has risen by 19% in the past year....Knives are still involved in more than half of murders in Scotland

And so on.

Interesting.
 
2012-12-22 09:12:11 PM  

Amos Quito: DaCaptain19: These bans show me how f*cking pathetic the U.S. really is.

I mean, punish the kids who have good parents who are involved with their education?

No, let's teach to crack-whore and "baby daddy" students whose breeders don't give a f*ck. Banish hugging?! What a f*cking insane, no-thought, policy. Let's NOT use inappropriate hugging as a "coachable moment" for the kid. let's just ban it (allowing "good" students to be suspended or expelled). Smart, amurika.

Except that wasn't America, it was France.

/Not that our system is effectively that much different


Well, I rustled this list up from memory, with the intention of mildly trolling about how bad education in the US is. My intentions were scuppered, however, as the US is ranked ahead of France.

Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: Scotland you say?

Let's see what Google provides...

Scotland has second highest murder rate in Europe

Scotland's homicide rate has risen by 19% in the past year....Knives are still involved in more than half of murders in Scotland

And so on.

Interesting.


You certainly get some respect from me for linking to credible news sources, as opposed to the Daily Heil and its ilk.

But still, when it comes to intentional homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants, we have the USA at 4.2 and the UK at 1.2.
 
2012-12-22 09:22:36 PM  

iron de havilland: You certainly get some respect from me for linking to credible news sources, as opposed to the Daily Heil and its ilk.

But still, when it comes to intentional homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants, we have the USA at 4.2 and the UK at 1.2.


You know what else they have less of in the UK?
 
2012-12-22 09:28:39 PM  

Pray 4 Mojo: iron de havilland: You certainly get some respect from me for linking to credible news sources, as opposed to the Daily Heil and its ilk.

But still, when it comes to intentional homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants, we have the USA at 4.2 and the UK at 1.2.

You know what else they have less of in the UK?


Dentists?
 
2012-12-22 09:39:42 PM  

way south: Pray 4 Mojo: iron de havilland: You certainly get some respect from me for linking to credible news sources, as opposed to the Daily Heil and its ilk.

But still, when it comes to intentional homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants, we have the USA at 4.2 and the UK at 1.2.

You know what else they have less of in the UK?

Dentists?


I think its professional athletes.
 
2012-12-22 09:40:37 PM  

1derful: That's tame compared to Obama's 2013 ban list: The Second Amend, White People, and Jesus.


You are a farking idiot
 
2012-12-22 09:45:11 PM  
Think of all the money that'll be made punishing these thousands of new criminals.
 
2012-12-22 09:50:09 PM  

deplorable: the Illinois school banning the kilt was hilarious, americans for you ;)

Amazingly you'll blame health care for destroying society but guns will protect it. I just don't get it - in 1996 16 children were shot and killed in a small school in Dunblane, Scotland.

We changed our gun laws to make it tougher and more control. Hasn't happened since.

Now america... refuse to change their laws at every opportunity in the past few hundred years. It's too late to change them now, the barn is open... that horse bolted last century.

Americans, don't be afraid of Iran, Iraq (and they are NOT pronounced like apple products, stop doing it), Afghanistan and North Korea.

You should be afraid of you OWN people. That's what's going to get ya !


You MUST use my approved Anglicized pronunciation of non-English place names or I WILL taunt you in all caps a second time.
 
2012-12-22 09:54:27 PM  

iron de havilland:
You certainly get some respect from me for linking to credible news sources, as opposed to the Daily Heil and its ilk.

But still, when it comes to intentional homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants, we have the USA at 4.2 and the UK at 1.2.


I did look at that, but this looks better detailed/accurate.

The poster was speaking of Scotland specifically. I'm seeing numbers from 2009* putting the rate there at 2.6, no doubt drawing the UK average up. Pretty lousy numbers for Europe, even most of Eastern Europe. More so for such an incredibly homogenized population in a first world country and they don't even have a failed nation controlled by cartels abutting them and spilling violence across the border. (I speak, of course, of Canada.) That is unless the UK isn't letting on just how bad old England has become.

I just don't get why they've not banned pointy things yet when so many are being killed by them. The monsters. It's almost as though banning the tool used to commit violence doesn't remove the impulse to do violence.**

*Being old may be more accurate in this case, 2010-11 appears to have had a huge murder spike and 2012 going the opposite way for the lowest rate since before stronger gun control laws.
 
2012-12-22 09:56:09 PM  

Guest: Now farkers say the following words out load.

Vagina
Vagina
Vagina
Vagina
Vagina
Vagina
Vagina!!
Vagina!!!
Vagina!!!!


i'm mad as hell, and i'm not going to eat it anymore!!!!
 
2012-12-22 10:29:26 PM  

olddinosaur: What they ought to ban is idiots texting while they drive, or barreling down the road with a cell phone crammed in their ear and not watching where they are going.

I average one near--miss with one of these yo--yos every 10 miles.


At this point it's already illegal.
 
2012-12-22 10:32:41 PM  

Agatha Crispy: pink


The last little bit of beef they get off a carcass (usually by pressing the bones a little). Some of it is mixed with cartilage, gristle, and fat so they render that stuff off. For some reason, everyone freaks out about eating it even though it is identical to what you would find in a beef hot dog.
 
2012-12-22 11:13:15 PM  
Mostly things to protect the feelings of the fat and stupid.
 
2012-12-22 11:31:43 PM  
Girls in skirts: A Connecticut Catholic school revamped their uniform this fall to prevent students from rolling up their plaid skirts. Now they've been told to replace their minis with Khaki pants.

Cute, but the reason the skirts were banned from the catholic schools around here was because the girls just stopped wearing underwear.
 
2012-12-22 11:33:02 PM  

iron de havilland: Amos Quito: DaCaptain19: These bans show me how f*cking pathetic the U.S. really is.

I mean, punish the kids who have good parents who are involved with their education?

No, let's teach to crack-whore and "baby daddy" students whose breeders don't give a f*ck. Banish hugging?! What a f*cking insane, no-thought, policy. Let's NOT use inappropriate hugging as a "coachable moment" for the kid. let's just ban it (allowing "good" students to be suspended or expelled). Smart, amurika.

Except that wasn't America, it was France.

/Not that our system is effectively that much different

Well, I rustled this list up from memory, with the intention of mildly trolling about how bad education in the US is. My intentions were scuppered, however, as the US is ranked ahead of France.



Do not disparage the amount of effort that France has exerted in order to successfully fail.
 
2012-12-22 11:55:26 PM  

lenfromak: DaJesus: Deslided

Thank you.

Buckyballs weren't banned outright, but rather the government harassed the vendor out of business.


I bought 5 sets of Buckyballs before the Buckypocalypse (5:00 pm PST yesterday). :) Sad to see them go.
 
2012-12-22 11:59:39 PM  

SirHolo: lenfromak: DaJesus: Deslided

Thank you.

Buckyballs weren't banned outright, but rather the government harassed the vendor out of business.

I bought 5 sets of Buckyballs before the Buckypocalypse (5:00 pm PST yesterday). :) Sad to see them go.


I bought 50,000 sets.

/Ebay
 
2012-12-23 12:01:53 AM  

Amos Quito: SirHolo: lenfromak: DaJesus: Deslided

Thank you.

Buckyballs weren't banned outright, but rather the government harassed the vendor out of business.

I bought 5 sets of Buckyballs before the Buckypocalypse (5:00 pm PST yesterday). :) Sad to see them go.

I bought 50,000 sets.

/Ebay


^Not true, actually ^
 
2012-12-23 12:19:54 AM  

ima turkey: fark Michelle Obama


During the previous administration, before the Obama's were in the white house, a coalition of military recruiters reached exactly the same conclusions about school lunches and exercise. Were they part of the liberal plot too?
 
2012-12-23 01:28:08 AM  

sno man: Americans speaking foreign languages poorly is one thing. Calling Iraq Eye-Rack pretty much earns the dumbass label though.


Why? It's a foreign word. No dumbassier than some foreigner pronouncing the i in America as if it were an e ("ahMEHreekah") because that is how the letter i is pronounced in their home language.
 
2012-12-23 01:51:49 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Why? It's a foreign word. No dumbassier than some foreigner pronouncing the i in America as if it were an e ("ahMEHreekah") because that is how the letter i is pronounced in their home language.


'Cause the example that started this - Iraq (and Iran) has been on the tee vee every newscast for the last 10 years, give or take (Iran, to varying degrees even longer), if the correct pronunciation hasn't rubbed off by now, you are active member in the proud to be a dumbass group.
 
2012-12-23 06:49:50 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

They are referred to as "homo slackass-erectus" created by natural genetic downward evolution through constant spineless posturing, and spasmatic upper limb gestures, which new research has shown to cause shorter legs and an inability to ambulate other than in an awkward shuffling gait. The "drag-crotch" shape also seems to effect brain function. Expect no eye contact or intelligent verbal communication.
 
2012-12-23 08:17:38 AM  

thisisarepeat: way south: Pray 4 Mojo: iron de havilland: You certainly get some respect from me for linking to credible news sources, as opposed to the Daily Heil and its ilk.

But still, when it comes to intentional homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants, we have the USA at 4.2 and the UK at 1.2.

You know what else they have less of in the UK?

Dentists?

I think its professional athletes.


I was originally going to go with "buildings made before 1940", but the low hanging fruit works too.
 
2012-12-23 09:02:06 AM  

DaJesus: Deslided


de-thankyou
 
2012-12-23 10:26:02 AM  

Agatha Crispy: special20: Agatha Crispy: WTF is pink slime? Never heard of it before.

Has your mom had that talk with you about feminine hygiene yet?

Sure but she never mentioned pink slime. How did your mother describe it to you? Did she mention your sister when you discussed it with her?


Not sure. Though she was very open and not prudish, she may have... HEY!
 
2012-12-23 11:13:43 AM  

aerojockey: wildcardjack: Homework: So let's get this straight, we ban hugs and France bans homework? So not fair. In October President Francois Hollande vowed to ban after-school work in public schools. The move is in part designed to even the academic playing field between kids with overly involved parents and kids with just the opposite.

So, children with overly involved parents will pull further ahead because they'll still be doing additional study outside of class.

Stay classy France.

No kidding, it says a lot this one was easily the stupidest of all the stupid bans on that list.  Not the worst ban, mind you, just the stupidest.  (In fact it's probably good overall, although a blanket ban on homework is taking it too far, IMO.)

[www.aerojockey.com image 80x80]
"Homework is fun!"


It depends on how kids come to deal with it. A lot of kids work together or just copy another kids homework regularly, to the point where it's a useless measure. Not to mention parents that more or less do the work for the kids.

Now, doing it in the name of equalizing those that work for it and those that don't is stupid, but relatively without impact, as was mentioned, it won't stop honestly involved parents.

As to the list as a whole, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

I can get behind a baggy pants ban, but allowing baggy pants lets people flag themselves as retarded, so that's a wash. Other than that most of the bans are pretty dumb, moralists getting their prudish way.
 
2012-12-23 12:38:02 PM  

puckrock2000: DaCaptain19: These bans show me how f*cking pathetic the U.S. really is.

I mean, punish the kids who have good parents who are involved with their education?.

You know how I know you didn't read the article?

(Checks profile)

Oh, Chicago.

Never mind.


You sound like you watch My Pretty Pony...

Yeah, no Chicagoan can read. You should read your statement to yourself, out loud...then you can see what a f*cking retard you look like, as well as adding nothing to the conversation. "Oh, Chicagoans can or won't read"...do you see the level of retardation that statement belies?

Read the whole thing, so your predictive abilities are on par with sh*t...I realize some of these were pointing to other countries...my point is that we're very much the same and heading down that slippery slope. You must not know a lot about our public school system. Our system "All Children Left Behind" is no better and probably worse, since the U.S. has had steady declines in education versus our non-U.S. counterparts.

My point remains..we are on the water slide that ends with the U.S. becoming almost a 3rd-world country...we're not even in the top 10 countries for education, health care, financial prudence...name anything, we're falling behind. We don't even make stuff anymore. Our product is "credit". This is exactly how the British Empire became a 2nd-rate world power. Exactly.

I genuinely think you were amongst the "slower" students that the teachers teach down to. Plus, it's obvious you do not work in any position that takes a lot of intellect.

That's ok...the world needs ditch-diggers.
 
2012-12-23 12:46:47 PM  

Amos Quito: DaCaptain19: These bans show me how f*cking pathetic the U.S. really is.

I mean, punish the kids who have good parents who are involved with their education?

No, let's teach to crack-whore and "baby daddy" students whose breeders don't give a f*ck. Banish hugging?! What a f*cking insane, no-thought, policy. Let's NOT use inappropriate hugging as a "coachable moment" for the kid. let's just ban it (allowing "good" students to be suspended or expelled). Smart, amurika.

Except that wasn't America, it was France.

/Not that our system is effectively that much different


I know it was France...at least you got my point. We already teach to the lowest common denominator, "All Children Left Behind" is the gov't program in place today, the U.S. has been talking for a few years about banishing homework. Teachers cheat more than that students as they are incented to have high standardized test scores and if they don't...they're out. Teachers go on strike repeatedly "for the children". No, it's not for the "children" - it's for the pocketbooks of the teachers. The only "benefit" they give kids is an extra day off from school. Because the teachers - not the students - are lazy, self-centered, and feel entitled.

Teaching is a cushy job, if you can stand kids. Three to four month vacation in the summer...around here they take every other Friday off...you've got your massive time off for holidays such as Christmas. Teaching is cushy and with the lack of quality teachers, they're not even good at their jobs. Why do so many U.S. students graduate high-school while being functionally or totally illiterate? Because we're the U.S. and "everyone is a winner".
 
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