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Posts by GJones2

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  • Homeland Security adviser tweets America is ‘Islamic country’

    06/24/2014 4:40:41 PM PDT · 17 of 33
    GJones2 to blueyon
    I don't understand this. If, according to him, the United States is -- already is -- "an Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution", then he's saying that according to Islam it doesn't need any fundamental changes (modifications to comply with Sharia law, that sort of thing) -- good! I don't agree with him, of course -- don't agree that it complies with Islam, and don't want it to -- but he seems to be arguing against the Islamists who want to change it (which is a good thing, though I doubt that they'll fall for that phony claim).
  • Poll: 52% of Republicans think Obama should be doing more in Iraq

    06/23/2014 4:09:57 PM PDT · 5 of 11
    GJones2 to PoloSec

    About 50% — that’s what happens when you flip a coin before deciding.

  • Something You Didn't Know About Louisiana (Ilenos, Canary Islands)/

    06/16/2014 8:23:33 PM PDT · 18 of 26
    GJones2 to blam

    Thanks.

  • Something You Didn't Know About Louisiana (Ilenos, Canary Islands)/

    06/16/2014 8:04:50 PM PDT · 13 of 26
    GJones2 to blam

    Interesting. I used to eat meals in a boarding house in Madrid with a man from the Canary Islands. This is the first I’ve heard about the connection with Louisiana, though. I appreciated the summary of Canary Islands history. That was a rather odd corner of the world.

  • A Black And White View Of The O.J. Simpson Case 20 Years Later

    06/09/2014 6:31:02 PM PDT · 64 of 78
    GJones2 to GJones2

    Sorry, ‘Marsha Clark’ should be ‘Marcia Clark’.

  • A Black And White View Of The O.J. Simpson Case 20 Years Later

    06/09/2014 6:27:26 PM PDT · 61 of 78
    GJones2 to yldstrk

    > I thought he did it but I also thought the prosecution didn’t come anywhere close to proving it and I did not understand the rush to trial.

    Nonsense! I started off favorably disposed towards Simpson because of his athletic achievements and comic roles in movies. I had lots of free time during that period, though, and watched nearly every minute of the trial. As inept as the prosecution was at times, the fact remains — as Marsha Clark pointed out in the summation — that even the uncontested evidence was far more than needed to convict. Also the evidence that was contested was contested very badly by the so-called Dream Team. I don’t want to get into the details — or take the time to refresh my memory of them — but I could write for hours about what was wrong with the defense’s arguments. They shouldn’t have convinced any unprejudiced person with a grain of sense.

  • How Lindsey Graham keeps beating them all

    06/09/2014 5:55:34 PM PDT · 26 of 31
    GJones2 to Resettozero

    The poll sounds as if it’s close, but I’m not optimistic. I heard a sports radio talk show host in Columbia this morning — who makes occasional political remarks and presents himself on most issues as a conservative Republican — confidently express the opinion that Graham will win. Not that I think he’s a good prognosticator, but what’s significant is that he doesn’t even know that there’s a primary. He thinks Graham is running against liberal Republicans.

    Low-information voters aren’t aware of the times Graham has undermined conservatives. They still think he’s a conservative. Recently he has been running some anti-Obama ads, and they’ll think they are voting against Obama when they vote for Graham. I hope I’m wrong, but I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t win over 50% of the votes.

  • Its Official! Money Can Buy You Happiness

    06/07/2014 7:48:14 PM PDT · 29 of 38
    GJones2 to Savage Beast

    > MONEY CAN BUY HAPPINESS. Anyone who says otherwise is either a liar or a moron.<

    Well, maybe some happiness, at least temporarily, but not all rich persons stay happy (people tend to get used to what they have, and take it for granted). Some rich persons are more miserable than some poor persons. The autobiographies of rich persons bear witness to that. Some even commit suicide.

  • Its Official! Money Can Buy You Happiness

    06/07/2014 7:11:12 PM PDT · 24 of 38
    GJones2 to nickcarraway

    > “A new research has claimed that money can ensure happiness.” [article]<

    “Ensure”? A difference of 7.77 to 6.9 does not imply “ensure”. Actually that difference seems surprisingly small between the poorest 20% and the richest. If 5 is the dividing line between having and not having life satisfaction, then both groups said they had it. Being in the top 20% does tend to help some, though.

    Money, besides being a cause of happiness, may be an effect. People who are depressed usually lack energy to go out and earn much money. (In the statistics this would be counter-balanced to some degree by persons who can be relatively happy with little money, such as myself. I’d rather be rich, of course, but not enough to take great pains to become so.)

  • Breastfeeding Shocker: After 7 Children, Couple Told to Part Ways

    06/03/2014 8:04:58 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    GJones2 to nickcarraway
    I still suspect that what the original said is "Breastfeeding makes forbidden what is not forbidden by blood relations." After thinking it over, though, the thought struck me that breast-feeding may have been seen as affecting the blood. If so, it could make forbidden (by falling under the same category) what is forbidden by blood relations.
  • Breastfeeding Shocker: After 7 Children, Couple Told to Part Ways

    06/03/2014 7:15:00 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    GJones2 to nickcarraway
    > "Breastfeeding makes forbidden what is forbidden by blood relations."<

    That's pretty obviously a careless mistake in the original article. Breast-feeding can't make forbidden what's already forbidden. Without even looking it up, I think what Mohammed probably said is "Breastfeeding makes forbidden what is not forbidden by blood relations." In other words, a relationship that would ordinarily be allowed is not allowed because of shared breast-feeding. That's what seems silly.

  • ‘Rihanna’ of the Arab World

    06/03/2014 6:58:47 PM PDT · 24 of 29
    GJones2 to nickcarraway
  • Brothers of Jesus: Biblical Arguments for Mary’s Virginity

    05/31/2014 6:13:45 PM PDT · 45 of 452
    GJones2 to BeadCounter

    > “Maybe First-Born has a rather expanded meaning.” <

    Someone else alluded to ‘firstborn’. I haven’t investigated that. My comments concerned a different part of the passage.

  • Brothers of Jesus: Biblical Arguments for Mary’s Virginity

    05/31/2014 5:19:41 PM PDT · 21 of 452
    GJones2 to narses
    > "No where is there any Gospel that suggests that Mary ever had sex."

    I have no strong opinion about this, but it seems to me that Matthew 1:25 at least suggests it. It would be odd to say that Joseph refrained from having sex with Mary until after the birth of Jesus, if he continued to refrain afterward as well. If he never consummated the marriage, then that's what it would make sense to say.

  • White Sox Fan Saves Baby From Flying Bat With One-Handed Catch

    05/28/2014 8:48:07 PM PDT · 29 of 31
    GJones2 to nickcarraway
    Here's a longer version of the event seen from a distance -- YouTube. From this angle it appears that the man may have shielded his head and leaned in front of the woman. He may have been trying to protect her. I can't tell for sure, but it's possible. The bat appeared to be coming low, but it bounced off the dugout and went above him.
  • The Daily Beast: Knife Deaths Aren't as Important as Gun Deaths

    05/28/2014 6:21:07 PM PDT · 19 of 25
    GJones2 to 2ndDivisionVet

    > ...he has never heard of “presidents [being] knifed from book depositories (or grassy knolls, whatever your preference).” <

    Before the invention of guns, assassins with knives did a pretty good job on Julius Caesar. It had to be done from close up, but they were willing to do so.

    Admittedly nowadays guns (or bombs) would be more effective for assassinations and mass murders. If the killers are willing to switch to serial killing, though, the knife could be effective too.

    Another thing to bear in mind is that though guns can be effective in committing mass murders, they can also be effective in defending against them. It’s more difficult for a single wacko with a gun to mass-murder people if some of them are armed.

  • VIDEO: Dog that can read teaches kids how to read

    05/19/2014 7:04:55 PM PDT · 23 of 28
    GJones2 to JRandomFreeper

    Another objection to learning many languages is that it’s not efficient to learn many words for the same thing. The time spent learning how to say ‘cat’, for instance, in five languages could be more profitably spent learning something about real cats. Admittedly the correspondences among words in different languages aren’t one-to-one, and you do gain other perspectives by seeing how other languages express ideas. I don’t think the benefit is proportional to the time spent, though. One foreign language helps give perspective on one’s own, but there’s a law of diminishing returns.

    If children enjoy learning many languages, then fine. Considering the technological advances that are likely imminent, though, I don’t see the practical value.

  • VIDEO: Dog that can read teaches kids how to read

    05/19/2014 7:02:43 PM PDT · 22 of 28
    GJones2 to JRandomFreeper

    > “I’m sensitive about Greek because my grandfather declared me ‘illiterate’ at age 10 because I could read Latin, Hebrew, French and Spanish (and of course, English), but not Greek.” <

    I used to teach foreign languages, and liked learning them myself (most of the time). I don’t think it’s a good idea for children to spend much time learning multiple languages, though. So they learn Latin, Hebrew, French, Spanish, English — and Greek too? That’s impressive, but by the time young children reach adulthood, people in the developed world will have electronic devices that not only translate but probably interpret too.

    Free online translators already do a decent job of conveying the gist of written texts (with some egregious errors, yes, but being able to understand the gist most of the time — not just of texts in the languages you mentioned, but in nearly every major language — is an extraordinary accomplishment, and just the first step).

  • The Man Who Killed Kennedy / The Case Against Lyndon Johnson

    05/19/2014 5:56:56 PM PDT · 24 of 73
    GJones2 to BluH2o

    > “Oswald, yes ... the rest is total BS.”

    I agree. Gerald Posner’s Case Closed may not be perfect, but it convinced me.

  • How Sammy Davis Jr. Became the Great Jewish Entertainer

    05/17/2014 7:25:07 PM PDT · 24 of 33
    GJones2 to Hot Tabasco

    By the way, I don’t believe that episode was about racism (and don’t recall whether there were other black soldiers in the scene). I think it was just about him being gullible and the butt of jokes (hence the name, “The Patsy”).

  • How Sammy Davis Jr. Became the Great Jewish Entertainer

    05/17/2014 7:16:15 PM PDT · 23 of 33
    GJones2 to Hot Tabasco

    > “While I was only a teenager when Sammy was in his prime, i still remember watching him on TV........The guy was a true entertainer, one of the very best ...”<

    I recall an old tv show in which Sammy Davis, Jr., played a naive and gullible soldier who was often the butt of jokes. (Looking at Wikipedia, my guess is it was “The Patsy” from 1960, an episode on the General Electric Theater.) The climax of the show occurred when some other soldiers set up a practical joke in which they pretended to pull the pin on a live grenade and then panic.

    [Plot spoiler, though I’ve never seen a rerun of the show] The Davis character believed it was a live grenade and was terrified, as expected, but kept trying to get them to run. When he realized it was too late for them to get away, he dove on the grenade and covered it with his body.

    The image of him on the ground writhing in terror waiting for the grenade to explode was moving. Of course, the other soldiers were ashamed then of the low opinion they’d had of him. (An officer observed what happened and praised him for his bravery.)

    I’m not a big fan of Davis in general, but thought his acting in that scene was excellent. I’ve remembered it for over half a century.

  • U.S. Citizen's Pregnant Wife Sentenced to be Whipped & Hanged to Death

    05/16/2014 6:53:54 PM PDT · 37 of 44
    GJones2 to expat2
    Sudan (Breitbart story).
  • U.S. Citizen's Pregnant Wife Sentenced to be Whipped & Hanged to Death

    05/16/2014 6:02:34 PM PDT · 30 of 44
    GJones2 to Mount Athos
    I notice that there's an article about Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag in Wikipedia (in English and in Italian too). Maybe eventually more people will hear about what has happened (though they probably won't come across the Wikipedia articles unless they already have her name from another source).
  • Is the Tea Party Over?

    05/13/2014 3:42:55 PM PDT · 25 of 27
    GJones2 to Resettozero

    :-)

  • Is the Tea Party Over?

    05/12/2014 8:51:26 PM PDT · 22 of 27
    GJones2 to upchuck

    Graham has been saturating the airways here in the Columbia area with ads supposedly showing what a great conservative he is. I hope I’m wrong, but I expect that people with only a superficial interest in politics — that is, most persons — will fall for it.

    I’m pessimistic about the right having long term success — either inside or outside the Republican party — as long as the left controls the schools, the mainstream media, and pop culture. We can denounce RINOs to our hearts’ content on sites like this, but most persons don’t even know what a RINO is (they also don’t know that the Democrats suck).

  • Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale (video from 2006)

    05/08/2014 6:16:46 PM PDT · 26 of 34
    GJones2 to cripplecreek

    > “Top of the charts the day I was born was House of the rising sun by the Animals.” <

    Another good one. I used to try to play that one on the guitar. I never was any good myself, but I aspired to be. :-) Back then I could play them on the radio, and now I play them on VLC.

  • Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale (video from 2006)

    05/08/2014 6:03:47 PM PDT · 19 of 34
    GJones2 to cripplecreek

    When I was learning the keyboard, I used to try to play the organ part.

  • Black Bear Mauls Florida Woman, Drags Her Out of Garage

    04/13/2014 5:31:54 PM PDT · 86 of 109
    GJones2 to Jack Hydrazine

    > It’s like the dead trees that are mourned for by the eco-nuts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElJFYwRtrH4

    I like trees myself, and was out taking pictures of them today. The folks in that video, though, are out of their minds.

  • This Guy Just Lost Chance At $1 Million on Wheel of Fortune in Most Embarrassing Way Possible

    04/11/2014 8:51:42 PM PDT · 49 of 73
    GJones2 to AnotherUnixGeek

    I think they were a bit hard on him too, especially since pronunciation isn’t as easy to specify as spelling. (They make the rules, but maybe they should have made them differently.) Most persons with a strong interest in sports have heard ‘the Achilles tendon’ pronounced, even if they never discuss Homer (how many persons in this generation do?). It’s possible, though, to know a good bit about things from reading, and not know how to pronounce them.

    I read a considerable amount of German literature in translation on my own before I studied German itself — and without discussing it with anybody — and thought the name of ‘Goethe’ (perhaps the best writer in the language) was pronounced the same way as ‘Goth’. :-) I had no need to discuss him, so why should I worry about the pronunciation? Also I read a couple of volumes of the French writer Gide’s journals, all the while thinking his name started with the sound of ‘g’ as in ‘get’.

    [Obama I excuse less because as head of the armed forces he should make sure he knows how to pronounce ‘corpsman’.]

    I wonder what standard the program uses for pronunciation. There are many different “standard” pronunciations: British RP, American, Australian (also regional pronunciations within the countries, including rhotic and non-rhotic in the United States, which can determine whether you pronounce an ‘r’ in some positions).

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/11/2014 9:55:33 AM PDT · 84 of 87
    GJones2 to 21twelve

    On second thought I wish I’d just said the law is confusing rather than taken the time to exemplify it in such detail.

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/11/2014 9:20:37 AM PDT · 81 of 87
    GJones2 to 21twelve

    Section (2) says “In the actual resistance of an attempt to commit a felony upon the slayer, in his or her presence...” “Upon” sounds like something that poses a direct physical risk to him, but if so, “in his or her presence” seems unnecessary. (Also it’s rather difficult to become a slayer of a someone without both of you being in each other’s presence — apparently it forbids handing him a time bomb for explosion later.)

    That part does sound as if it’s restricting the homicide to criminals who are committing felonies that pose a direct risk to the slayer, though, because it uses a comma and “or” to include “upon or in a dwelling, or other place of abode, in which he or she is”. That seems to imply that you can shoot someone who’s damaging your home or taking possessions from it, but only if you are in it too at the same time. If you come home and, when outside, see someone taking possessions out of your house, you can’t approach and kill him.

    Gerlach’s vehicle, being outside his abode, wouldn’t seem to be covered under that provision. Because he said he thought the man was pointing a gun at him, though, he could be acquitted on the ground of self-defense. In any case I believe the law is so unclear that it’s hard to determine what it means.

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/11/2014 9:17:42 AM PDT · 80 of 87
    GJones2 to 21twelve

    [Sorry for the length of this post and the next, but interpreting the Washington law isn’t easy, and I’m not a lawyer.]

    The Washington law isn’t as clear as the Texas law, and as you point out, Gerlach claimed self-defense. Section (1) starts out, “In the lawful defense of the slayer, or his or her husband, wife, parent, child, brother, or sister, or of any other person in his or her presence or company,...” Why name those particular relatives (leaving out uncles, aunts, grandparents, and others — expendable?) when it’s about to add, “or of any other person in his or her presence or company,...” They are all included anyway.

    That makes me suspect right away that common sense isn’t going to be used in choosing terms for this law. :-) It continues, “...when there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design on the part of the person slain to commit a felony or to do some great personal injury to the slayer or to any such person, and there is imminent danger of such design being accomplished.” So why not just say that homicide is justifiable to prevent a felony or other great harm to persons — and property, if property is included — when there’s reasonable ground to believe that the slain person had the intent to commit it, and there is imminent danger of it being accomplished?

    The earlier passage that speaks of “lawful defense” is limited to a “person in his or her presence or company”. If mere protection of property is adequate justification, why must the danger be to someone in his or her presence or company? (Also I wonder whether that “lawful defense” and “danger” apply to property or to persons at risk during the commission of a crime against property.)

    If I’m standing with my neighbor in my yard, and I see a thief stealing something from my neighbor’s yard, can I shoot the thief? Maybe. If my neighbor isn’t in my presence, though, apparently I can’t, which is odd if the purpose of the law is to protect property too.

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/11/2014 8:24:57 AM PDT · 79 of 87
    GJones2 to Eaker

    > You certainly can in Texas.

    Yes, note that after seeing the Texas law, I conceded that in post 58. The Washington law is less clear, though, and Gerlach sought acquittal on the basis of self-defense.

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/10/2014 9:45:52 PM PDT · 74 of 87
    GJones2 to narses

    In this case the justification for the use of deadly force was self-defense. (As far as I know, meth-heads in general are not in season.)

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/10/2014 9:35:58 PM PDT · 73 of 87
    GJones2 to moehoward

    Thanks for pointing that out.

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/10/2014 9:34:53 PM PDT · 71 of 87
    GJones2 to narses

    My post was not “babbling” by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t always express my ideas well, but I’ve written clearly and cogently enough to earn my living as a writer for thirty years.

    There are other ways of stopping people besides shooting them. For a person to use deadly force, there needs to be explicit authorization, as in the Texas law, or as in self-defense laws. Gerlach himself didn’t say he was making an arrest. He “...told the jury that he shot because he believed if he didn’t, he would have been killed. ‘I thought I had to shoot to stop a threat that was in front of me,’ Gerlach said.”

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/10/2014 8:27:16 PM PDT · 59 of 87
    GJones2 to narses

    > Now you babble about “self defense”. Why?

    First of all I’m not “babbling”. I’m writing clear, cogent sentences. And don’t mistake my motives. I’m sympathetic toward the defendant in this case. I saw nothing in the original article that had anything to do with self-defense, though. That’s why I posted a link to the second one.

    As for your “proof the State of Washington has that exact issue in statute”, that would depend on whether shooting someone through the rear window of a vehicle is interpreted as “arresting”. I don’t think it would be under most circumstances. I believe the defendant was found not guilty because of the claim of self-defense (explained in the second article).

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/10/2014 8:23:25 PM PDT · 58 of 87
    GJones2 to rmichaelj
    I don't understand why it would be more difficult to recover property at night, but looking at the Texas law itself, I see that part 3.A. does seem to have to do with "land or property", and I see no implication of uncertainty about threats to persons. I'll concede that state as an exception. Thanks for the information.
  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/10/2014 7:54:46 PM PDT · 55 of 87
    GJones2 to narses

    Justified use of force (to arrest someone for theft) isn’t necessarily self-defense, though. I think there has to be the possibility of a threat to life to justify the use of deadly force.

    Of course, armed criminals who have committed a crime (especially already shot someone) and are fleeing might still pose a threat. They could turn and shoot at any moment, or they may be fleeing to find cover and then to shoot again. I don’t think you should have to wait until they turn and take aim at you. I can see justifying shooting them as self-defense under those conditions.

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/10/2014 7:52:38 PM PDT · 54 of 87
    GJones2 to rmichaelj

    Well, you may be uncertain if the thief poses a threat at night.

  • BREAKING: Jury acquits Spokane man of shooting fleeing car thief

    04/10/2014 7:22:54 PM PDT · 48 of 87
    GJones2 to narses
    That story doesn't include anything that remotely justifies a self-defense claim (defense of property, yes, but not self-defense). As far as I know, no state allows you to shoot someone who has stolen your property but is fleeing with it, unless that person does something to indicate he's a threat to you.

    Here's a link to a story that shows the basis of the self-defense claim. He said he thought he saw a weapon in the thief's hand, and thought he was about to be shot.

  • Gary Stein: Time to make George Zimmerman disappear

    04/03/2014 7:37:56 PM PDT · 60 of 63
    GJones2 to sarasmom; TexasGator

    Thanks for the information.

  • Gary Stein: Time to make George Zimmerman disappear

    04/01/2014 7:07:55 PM PDT · 50 of 63
    GJones2 to ChildOfThe60s

    Thanks for the information.

  • Gary Stein: Time to make George Zimmerman disappear

    04/01/2014 6:11:43 PM PDT · 42 of 63
    GJones2 to 2ndDivisionVet

    > “Current law prevents someone who feels he is in mortal danger from brandishing a firearm or fire a warning shot. If you wave around your weapon or fire a shot in the air, you can get a minimum of 20 years in jail.” [column]

    How close or far off is that from the truth? It seems to me that the best time to pull out a gun is well before the attacker has broken your nose, and is sitting on top of you and pounding your head into the pavement (Zimmerman was lucky to be able to get off a shot at that point). If you pull out a gun when the words or gestures of an approaching person indicate that you’re about to be attacked, that might be effective in preventing the attack. What are your chances of going to prison if you do?

    I don’t have a permit to carry myself, but wonder what’s the recommended practice. Do you put your hand on the concealed weapon and say, “I have a gun. Stay away!” And if so, at what point do you actually take it out?

  • Principal who told kids not to speak Spanish will lose job

    03/19/2014 5:12:54 PM PDT · 75 of 79
    GJones2 to pacpam
    > ...the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, those who kept their land and stayed in what would now be the United States of America, agreed to forsake their culture and assimilate.

    Here's a link to a copy of the treaty. I see no mention of forsaking their culture and assimilating. On the other hand, the treaty doesn't provide any special protections for their language either (as some anti-English-as-national-language persons claim). The word 'language' doesn't appear anywhere in the text.

  • Police: Man assaulted at Tega Cay (SC) Taco Bell for failing to say ‘excuse me’ after belching

    03/17/2014 7:53:23 PM PDT · 37 of 50
    GJones2 to Gamecock

    Some of us take our manners seriously down here. :-)

  • SEE IT: Good Samaritan chases thug who punched 8-year-old, stole his iPad (VIDEO)

    03/17/2014 7:30:34 PM PDT · 21 of 28
    GJones2 to hoagy62

    > I think some are missing the point that a muslim did a truly honorable thing.

    Yes, this seems to be a parallel to the Good Samaritan parable in the Bible. I don’t have a very high opinion of Muslims as a group, but this man needs to be given some credit. Also in the same way that negative actions are counted against Muslims in general, this positive one needs to be added to their credit.

  • Two teenage nursing assistants 'filmed themselves laughing as they beat up.....

    03/15/2014 8:32:56 PM PDT · 53 of 59
    GJones2 to Morgana

    >”Their alleged victim, who has not been named, was not injured in the attack.”

    How can a 98-year-old be “hit” or “struck” without causing injuries? I have a feeling this wasn’t an attack but a fake beating, a joke in bad taste. Even bruises would count as injuries, wouldn’t they? And old people bruise very easily.

    Maybe they made some kind of contact with her, which allowed the charge of aggravated assault to be brought, but I don’t believe they hit her in the ordinary sense of the word. If they are too weak to injure a 98-year-old in an attack, then they are too weak to be nurses. (Of course lack of adequate empathy may be the greater problem — not that nurses should have a lot of empathy. If they did, doing their job would be too painful. I myself couldn’t stand to work all the time with people who are suffering or dying.)

    In any case what they did showed a lack of respect, and even persons who have lost much of their ability to think don’t deserve to be treated like that.

  • CommieCore Math

    03/02/2014 3:17:29 PM PST · 137 of 138
    GJones2 to xrmusn

    > For an answer that would ‘satisfy my curiosity’ (say mpg) I would just multiply 13 to whatever got me close say 4x13=52 so I would say I was getting 40...

    Yes, that would be better than 500 divided by 10.

  • CommieCore Math

    03/02/2014 9:26:34 AM PST · 134 of 138
    GJones2 to Scrambler Bob

    > Try dividing 534.3 miles by 12.8 gallons in your head while driving down the road.

    I’d be afraid to try that. :-) About the most I could manage would be to round them off to 500 divided by 10, which would give me 50.

    I’d realize that number would be a good bit too high, though. Considering what I left out, I can see that 2.8 is more than a fourth of 10, but 34.3 isn’t anywhere close to being a fourth of 500. So with the real numbers having a relatively larger divisor than my rounded-off ones, I’d know the real answer would be a good bit smaller than 50.