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2022-10-01 9:07:28 AM  
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2022-10-01 9:12:27 AM  
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2022-10-01 9:14:54 AM  
That's cool.
Blind people can still do inspiring things, like when Ann Frank flew around the world in her plane.
 
2022-10-01 9:17:14 AM  
So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.
 
2022-10-01 9:17:53 AM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.


Username checks out.
 
2022-10-01 9:19:27 AM  
I get that everyone is different but, especially as a kid, traveling the world would not have been fun. I'd certainly rather have spent my time doing regular kid stuff with my regular friends.

If I were going blind, I'd want to fill my mental spankbank with as many memories of pornography as possible.

I have been hiking in the Rockies and I've seen the Mona Lisa and I really couldn't care about either. I rarely think about it.

But porn/images/memories of attractive women .. That's a daily thing
 
2022-10-01 9:28:10 AM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.


I thought the same thing. They don't give a timeline except to say the eldest started bumping into things at 3...but not when she was diagnosed.

They would have already had the second kid before the oldest started bumping into things. And it is possible, at least in the US, to go years without getting a real diagnosis for a rare genetic disease. They might not have known.

Having said that, even without a diagnosis, I would have stopped having kids if anything was alarmingly wrong with one I already had... And a kid not being able to avoid a wall is
 
2022-10-01 9:35:58 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: I have been hiking in the Rockies and I've seen the Mona Lisa and I really couldn't care about either.


uh, hooray for you, I suppose? I guess you proved your point and got us backed into a logical corner now.
 
2022-10-01 9:36:40 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: That's cool.
Blind people can still do inspiring things, like when Ann Frank flew around the world in her plane.


Actually she just got her service dog caught in the propeller. Nobody had the heart to tell her.
 
2022-10-01 9:39:53 AM  
I thought this was a masturbation thread.
 
2022-10-01 9:42:43 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: I'd certainly rather have spent my time doing regular kid stuff with my regular friends.


I wouldn't. I enjoyed sightseeing trips with my parents, as much as we had the opportunity to do so.

/ The trip around world was in "if I had a million dollars" category of dreams, but it would have been awesome.
// I know it doesn't cost that much. For us it might as well have.
 
2022-10-01 9:51:19 AM  
My mom told me I'd go blind too. All that happened were these awkward callouses.
 
2022-10-01 9:53:01 AM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.


So should we start executing blind people, and/or others with hereditary diseases because it's in their best interests not to suffer with them? Even if they're able to cope and lead otherwise healthy lives?
 
2022-10-01 9:54:25 AM  

Terrapin Bound: I thought this was a masturbation thread.


It won't be with that attitude
 
2022-10-01 9:57:12 AM  

Claude Ballse: 7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.

So should we start executing blind people, and/or others with hereditary diseases because it's in their best interests not to suffer with them? Even if they're able to cope and lead otherwise healthy lives?


How is not making them , the same as killing one already in the world? You clearly are prolife. Jfcoac.
 
2022-10-01 9:57:18 AM  

AbortionsForAll: Fark_Guy_Rob: I have been hiking in the Rockies and I've seen the Mona Lisa and I really couldn't care about either.
uh, hooray for you, I suppose? I guess you proved your point and got us backed into a logical corner now.


Whats the matter, baby, is FOMO eating you alive?  That's your problem, not Rob's.
You should try to be more like Rob.

THE  NEW CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION:  It's not as tacky as the old conspicuous consumption!  Also, it's NEW!  YOU WANT THIS!
Millennials:  YOU BET YOUR ASS WE WANT IT.

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(Forests burn.)  (the sky fills with gray haze) (coral reefs die) (floods take out all of Pakistan) (the last native salmon  chokes it out in a stream filled with debris) (The Amazon becomes a carbon source) (economists begin to talk about 'the ladder of survivability') (the ocean disappears Miami)

Young people:  "Can you tell that I'm in Italy now?  I want Raul to see this, that dick."

/I live in the Rocky Mountains, right on the spine, and i don't care if Rob's not impressed.  I'll never leave.
 
2022-10-01 9:57:46 AM  

Claude Ballse: So should we start executing blind people, and/or others with hereditary diseases because it's in their best interests not to suffer with them? Even if they're able to cope and lead otherwise healthy lives?


That's a really huge leap there, Baryshnikov.
 
2022-10-01 9:57:47 AM  

Claude Ballse: 7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.

So should we start executing blind people, and/or others with hereditary diseases because it's in their best interests not to suffer with them? Even if they're able to cope and lead otherwise healthy lives?


Just the ones who want to deliberately have blind children of their own.
 
2022-10-01 9:59:47 AM  

pueblonative: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: That's cool.
Blind people can still do inspiring things, like when Ann Frank flew around the world in her plane.

Actually she just got her service dog caught in the propeller. Nobody had the heart to tell her.


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      NOBODY HAD THE HEART TO TELL HER.
 
2022-10-01 10:02:13 AM  

Claude Ballse: 7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.

So should we start executing blind people, and/or others with hereditary diseases because it's in their best interests not to suffer with them? Even if they're able to cope and lead otherwise healthy lives?


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2022-10-01 10:04:15 AM  

Terrapin Bound: I thought this was a masturbation thread.


Don't be a jerk
 
2022-10-01 10:05:25 AM  
I hope they like see food
 
2022-10-01 10:06:12 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: 7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.

I thought the same thing. They don't give a timeline except to say the eldest started bumping into things at 3...but not when she was diagnosed.

They would have already had the second kid before the oldest started bumping into things. And it is possible, at least in the US, to go years without getting a real diagnosis for a rare genetic disease. They might not have known.

Having said that, even without a diagnosis, I would have stopped having kids if anything was alarmingly wrong with one I already had... And a kid not being able to avoid a wall is


It can't happen to us is a strong instinct among people who never face real adversity.   Not blaming them, but no one goes around expecting their world to fall apart due to random happenstance.
 
2022-10-01 10:10:53 AM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.


There's always a chance of an inherited disease. None of us is genetically pure. You're basically saying no one should have children ever.

Also, they first noticed the problem at 3. Had their last child when the oldest was 6. Very possible they didn't know. Extensive genetic testing is usually not the first step in diagnosis. Also, just because 3 of their 4 children have the genetics for this disease doesn't mean there's a 75% chance any child they have would have it. They could just be unlucky.
 
2022-10-01 10:12:16 AM  
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2022-10-01 10:13:39 AM  
Rich people solutions.
 
2022-10-01 10:15:32 AM  

Grumpy Cat: [Fark user image image 319x500]


Fwiw, the kakapo is slowly recovering. There may be a time when the population has grown enough that they'll be able to reintroduce it to the main island.
 
2022-10-01 10:19:31 AM  

AbortionsForAll: Fark_Guy_Rob: I have been hiking in the Rockies and I've seen the Mona Lisa and I really couldn't care about either.

uh, hooray for you, I suppose? I guess you proved your point and got us backed into a logical corner now.


You don't *prove* opinions, you share them. Pretending they are logical arguments is silly.

If you think the typical under 12 kid wants to stop going to school and spend six months traveling with Mom and Dad, that's certainty a fine opinion to have. But it's one I disagree with.

If opinions offend you...you might be in the wrong place.
 
2022-10-01 10:19:48 AM  
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2022-10-01 10:24:31 AM  
CSB: When I was in the Navy, I was the division Supply Petty Officer, and the Supply Officer of my ship called me to his office to chew me out about the purchase of a $5K fuel flow valve for an F-14. I was serving on an oiler at the time.  Turned out that someone in my division had gone behind my back and ordered the wrong part.  Supply Officer apologized, and we spent a few minutes just bullshiatting.

He mentioned that he had Retinitis Pigmentosa, so I asked him for "permission to speak freely".  He gave his okay, and I asked him what the FARK he was still doing in the Navy?  I would have resigned my commission, sold the house, and then spent as much time traveling the world with the wife and kids as possible (he was married and had kids, not me).  He didn't really have a good answer for it.  My guess was that he was just in denial about the whole thing.

Reminds me of the story of the couple whose daughter had raging schizophrenia as a toddler.  Saw and heard things, and the parents had to get 2 apartments so one would have somewhere to go and decompress while the other dealt with the kid.  They went and had another kid, a son, who also presented adolescent schizophrenia.
 
2022-10-01 10:27:25 AM  

Terrapin Bound: I thought this was a masturbation thread.


Just like every thread, right?
 
2022-10-01 10:35:11 AM  

Terrapin Bound: I thought this was a masturbation thread.


That's a myth.
 
2022-10-01 10:36:50 AM  

awruk!: Fark_Guy_Rob: I'd certainly rather have spent my time doing regular kid stuff with my regular friends.

I wouldn't. I enjoyed sightseeing trips with my parents, as much as we had the opportunity to do so.

/ The trip around world was in "if I had a million dollars" category of dreams, but it would have been awesome.
// I know it doesn't cost that much. For us it might as well have.

I get that everyone is different...


RIght. I'm not claiming it's true for all kids, but I am saying some non-trivial percentage of kids wouldn't want to. They have four kids, so the odds that all four want to go is considerably lower than the odds of any particular one wanting to go.

I'll also say that lots of people like the idea of traveling more than actual traveling, and what's amazing for a weekend or a week isn't necessarily amazing for *six months*.

And that extended travel has lots of consequences for children many adults might not be thinking about.

Will Mom and Dad be 'homeschooling' them for six months? That would reduce the fun factor considerably. Are the parents able to cover the same material the schools would? If not...expect some serious difficulties when they return to school. Socially, a popular kid might have zero trouble rejoining their friends, but a socially awkward kid might struggle.

As an adult, it's easy to look back at children's sports as a joke, but as a kid, that was a big deal. Six months away means lost seasons.

Lots of hobbies aren't easy to maintain while traveling. A kid that loves playing her cello isn't likely to travel with the cello.

And also the financial impact of a potentially very expensive trip could have serious consequences for the children's future.

That's not to say all four of these kids won't love every second, have zero problems when they return and the family will feel no financial burden....but there are lots of good and practical reasons families don't do this.

If traveling the world was such a great idea, why would they wait until the kids had a horrible disease to do it?
 
2022-10-01 10:40:09 AM  

mcmnky: 7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.

There's always a chance of an inherited disease. None of us is genetically pure. You're basically saying no one should have children ever.

Also, they first noticed the problem at 3. Had their last child when the oldest was 6. Very possible they didn't know. Extensive genetic testing is usually not the first step in diagnosis. Also, just because 3 of their 4 children have the genetics for this disease doesn't mean there's a 75% chance any child they have would have it. They could just be unlucky.


All this proves my suspension that people don't care what they make their kids suffer. They just want to make kids. Beyond that they don't give a fark.
 
2022-10-01 10:41:42 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: I get that everyone is different but, especially as a kid, traveling the world would not have been fun. I'd certainly rather have spent my time doing regular kid stuff with my regular friends.

If I were going blind, I'd want to fill my mental spankbank with as many memories of pornography as possible.

I have been hiking in the Rockies and I've seen the Mona Lisa and I really couldn't care about either. I rarely think about it.

But porn/images/memories of attractive women .. That's a daily thing


Like the real Rockies?  Wow, look at you world traveler.
 
2022-10-01 10:44:28 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: That's cool.
Blind people can still do inspiring things, like when Ann Frank flew around the world in her plane.


Didn't she go blind from discovering radium?
 
2022-10-01 10:48:19 AM  

LordOfThePings: Terrapin Bound: I thought this was a masturbation thread.

That's a myth.


No, it's a masturbation thread. He's right.
 
2022-10-01 10:56:03 AM  
Why not just wait until the kids go blind, drive around a parking lot with a CD playing of safari noises and tell the kids they are seeing elephants and shiat. "Oh wow! A lion just took down a gazelle, so cool!"
You rent one of those storage PODS, put some old seats in it, toss them some peanuts and tell them they are on an airplane. Dad can rock it from the outside. "Oh look, we're flying past the Eiffel tower." Get Panera Bread delivered, hand them a baguette so they can try local French food.
You'd save so much money that way.

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2022-10-01 11:04:23 AM  

MythDragon: LordOfThePings: Terrapin Bound: I thought this was a masturbation thread.

That's a myth.

No, it's a masturbation thread. He's right.


Anything's a masturbation thread if you're brave enough.
 
2022-10-01 11:11:56 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: I get that everyone is different but, especially as a kid, traveling the world would not have been fun. I'd certainly rather have spent my time doing regular kid stuff with my regular friends.

If I were going blind, I'd want to fill my mental spankbank with as many memories of pornography as possible.

I have been hiking in the Rockies and I've seen the Mona Lisa and I really couldn't care about either. I rarely think about it.

But porn/images/memories of attractive women .. That's a daily thing


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2022-10-01 11:15:10 AM  

Madstand: MythDragon: LordOfThePings: Terrapin Bound: I thought this was a masturbation thread.

That's a myth.

No, it's a masturbation thread. He's right.

Anything's a masturbation thread if you're brave enough.


PAGE, NO!

(see what I did there?)
 
2022-10-01 11:23:17 AM  

Terrapin Bound: I thought this was a masturbation thread.


It is, and we all go blind for it.
 
2022-10-01 11:44:30 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: I get that everyone is different but, especially as a kid, traveling the world would not have been fun. I'd certainly rather have spent my time doing regular kid stuff with my regular friends.

If I were going blind, I'd want to fill my mental spankbank with as many memories of pornography as possible.

I have been hiking in the Rockies and I've seen the Mona Lisa and I really couldn't care about either. I rarely think about it.

But porn/images/memories of attractive women .. That's a daily thing


I traveled extensively as a child--not always fun but looking back on it it was a good thing.  Most of it was third world, not merely tourist things.

Fark_Guy_Rob: I thought the same thing. They don't give a timeline except to say the eldest started bumping into things at 3...but not when she was diagnosed.

They would have already had the second kid before the oldest started bumping into things. And it is possible, at least in the US, to go years without getting a real diagnosis for a rare genetic disease. They might not have known.


Agreed, I very much doubt they knew.  Rare diseases generally only get diagnosed when they come to one of the few doctors that realize zebras exist rather than try to shoehorn them into horses.  Yes, hoofbeats are usually horses but not always!

mcmnky: Also, they first noticed the problem at 3. Had their last child when the oldest was 6. Very possible they didn't know. Extensive genetic testing is usually not the first step in diagnosis. Also, just because 3 of their 4 children have the genetics for this disease doesn't mean there's a 75% chance any child they have would have it. They could just be unlucky.


Yeah, since neither parent has it they're carriers.  Unless there's something wonky with the genetics here it's a 25% chance per kid.

Fark_Guy_Rob: And that extended travel has lots of consequences for children many adults might not be thinking about.

Will Mom and Dad be 'homeschooling' them for six months? That would reduce the fun factor considerably. Are the parents able to cover the same material the schools would? If not...expect some serious difficulties when they return to school. Socially, a popular kid might have zero trouble rejoining their friends, but a socially awkward kid might struggle.


I missed the second half of 4th grade traveling--came into 5th at or above grade.  Likewise, my junior year in high school wasn't--there it was based on credits rather than grades so there was no concept of "at grade"--but I was already taking some classes at the local college, when I turned 18 they didn't realize I was still a high school student and gave me an unrestricted registration packet.  I simply skipped my senior year (I had already taken everything of importance) and went to college instead.

Socially--I didn't fit in before we went, I didn't fit in when we got back.  I don't think it made a difference.
 
2022-10-01 12:00:11 PM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.


Yeah, their lives are not worth living.

They ought to have them put down.
 
2022-10-01 12:00:37 PM  

Jairzinho: Terrapin Bound: I thought this was a masturbation thread.

It is, and we all go blind for it.


Once again, aim out, not up.
 
2022-10-01 12:01:48 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: I get that everyone is different but, especially as a kid, traveling the world would not have been fun. I'd certainly rather have spent my time doing regular kid stuff with my regular friends.

If I were going blind, I'd want to fill my mental spankbank with as many memories of pornography as possible.

I have been hiking in the Rockies and I've seen the Mona Lisa and I really couldn't care about either. I rarely think about it.

But porn/images/memories of attractive women .. That's a daily thing


It's probably more about what the parents want to see.

But if they're not stressing out, and have put a year aside, perhaps the kids will enjoy it.
 
2022-10-01 12:04:33 PM  
I don't see it.
 
2022-10-01 12:16:37 PM  

Madman drummers bummers: 7th Son of a 7th Son: So their eldest daughter was found to have an inherited disease, and they chose to have more kids? Selfish pieces of shiat.

Username checks out.


does that mean he's a sourcerer?
 
2022-10-01 12:28:23 PM  
OMG, so cruel.
Everytime they leave a place: "Well, that's the last time you're gonna see that."
 
2022-10-01 12:35:50 PM  

scotchcrotch: Fark_Guy_Rob: I get that everyone is different but, especially as a kid, traveling the world would not have been fun. I'd certainly rather have spent my time doing regular kid stuff with my regular friends.

If I were going blind, I'd want to fill my mental spankbank with as many memories of pornography as possible.

I have been hiking in the Rockies and I've seen the Mona Lisa and I really couldn't care about either. I rarely think about it.

But porn/images/memories of attractive women .. That's a daily thing

Like the real Rockies?  Wow, look at you world traveler.


I gave two examples of things that are considered works wide travel destinations and things of beauty. It wasn't intended to be a full list of every place I've been.

These kids also won't see every tourist destination in the world in six months.

I've spent five years working and traveling outside my county of citizenship, which isn't particularly unusual but would make me considerably more travelled than most.

I don't lay awake at night and fondly picture any of these trips in my mind. Yeah, the ocean is pretty...and I stood in awe for the first five minutes. And then, ya know, moved on with my vacation activities.

I don't go out of my way each day and spend 15 minutes looking at pictures of waterfalls or the Grand Canyon.

But I do spend that much time looking at naked chicks.
 
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