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People have always taken things out of context, misinterpreted, or straight made up lies throughout history to manipulate others.

Up for debate: has this gotten worse with the internet, or are we able to more easily see through to the truth?

Reason I am asking:  I find that I'm constantly inundated with gifs or images with captions, or even snippets of text that seek to get me to believe something that's taken completely out of context.  Most of them are political or religious.  (i.e. A picture of a church that has something stupid on their sign - see, see how evil??  or a politician picking his nose - that's how he feels about people!!) Some have definitely been altered within an inch of their life specifically to make the subject seem more abhorrent.

Now I roll my eyes, and ignore them all, because I know they are blatant attempts at manipulation.  (Unless I think they are funny, then I laugh.)  But I also don't believe more than 10% of what I read or hear in the media, without doing my own research, because I know they have their own agendas, and because it's so easy to do a quick fact check.

But I've noticed that alarmingly, so many people believe and get enraged over a little blurb typed over a picture, or a news story without bothering to find out if it's true or what the context of the image is.  I see it an awful lot, and I think more people are able to be swayed by this kind of propaganda than ever before.

Or are they?  Because we all can fact check so easily.  Whereas generations before us were still given incorrect information and propaganda, but weren't able to so easily find out what was true or not. 

So yeah.  Does having access to the internet help us as far as believing misinformation, or does it hurt us?  Are we getting more inundated with these things than generations past?  Are we more easily swayed?  Or are we more informed because we can validate what we hear?
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Again, I don't know about that. When researching specific reptiles, I find the library greatly lacking in resource, but the internet aplenty. 
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I understand that churches want to use crosses in their logos, but they really need to be more careful with where they place it.

(This means you, Newt Life.)
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I think church on the hilt is pretty funny too...  :)
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As per a discussion on the radio this morning:

Dog Tattoos (that is tattoos on the dog), cool or cruel?

Keep in mind, the process of tattooing would not necessarily be painful for the dog.  They can be put under or given local anesthetics or pain blockers, and not feel the actual tattooing.
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+Wise Snake lol I thought it's hair was shaved like that :) :) 
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Dear Virginia,

I understand that we're late in the winter season, and we're all tired of snow, but really that's no excuse to drop the ball.

For the first time this season, the roads have been genuinely bad the day after the snow.  Did everyone just up and decide not to plow roads anymore?  Because I can tell you, Culpeper=not plowed at all.  29=half plowed in random places. Probably more due to the amount of cars running over the road than actual plowing.  66=thankfully clear. Chantilly=partially plowed on some main roads.

What gives?  This is not the most snow we've gotten this season, so I don't understand why everyone has just decided to not bother plowing the roads this time.  It's dangerous.

Oh, and just an update for terrible drivers, again. if someone is slowing down and stopping to make a left-hand turn from the left lane it is not necessary to stop dead in the right lane.  All you do by stomping on your breaks is almost cause several accidents.

We're scheduled for snow again next week.  Die, weather, die.
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+Forrest R  heh. Yeah.
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Peanut allergies are deadly. And far more prevalent than they used to be.

In situations where you are used to being able to eat peanuts, like on airplanes, in schools, or in public arenas, if there is someone around who is severely allergic would you give up the peanuts, our would you insist on eating them anyway?

And would you be cool with giving them up on, say, a plane forever, or only temporarily?

I've seen this debated elsewhere, and I thought it might be an interesting topic of discussion here.
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I'm curious what exactly is being debated.

Are we debating the company's prerogative to not serve peanuts because they would rather a few people be inconvenienced than to be sued for the death of a passenger?

If that's the debate then I hardly see the issue. Fly on a different carrier. If carrier B is getting much more business because people are tired of not getting peanuts, Carrier A is going to be inclined to review its policies. If every carrier is choosing to not serve peanuts...then start your own airline. I mean surely there's enough customers out there who really want peanuts regardless of the safety to other passengers. And if there aren't then I'm even less inclined to believe we should risk the lives of passengers for the convenience of a few people

If, however, the debate is...should laws be passed which prevents peanuts on airplanes.
Well do we have any precedent for that? Do we have any laws which prevent us from engaging in activities which would harm other citizens? I mean it would be very convenient for me to drive to work at 100 mph without obeying laws (and fun I might add). But I'm willing to obey those laws for the safety of others. But that doesn't mean I have to agree with every law certainly.... In which case I make sure I vote accordingly. So if you don't want such legislation, be sure to vote accordingly. 

But honestly, I'm curious about what a society would look like where the primary motivation was convenience and self gratification over a human life. Thankfully, there aren't enough assholes to make that a reality.
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I'm having one of those mornings that is just bad through and through.

Woke up late  and exhausted, couldn't get my contacts in (I broke my glasses last weekend, and haven't been able to replace them yet), was late getting dressed and ready, when I went to feed the reptiles, the last of the crickets had died so I have to get more this afternoon, which means skipping dance because the pet stores close before I get out. 

And to top it all off, it's raining on a monday, so traffic was an absolute nightmare.

So I scrounge up $1 to go get a chocolate bar to make myself feel better (sometimes you just need chocolate), and there's cake (free) in the lunch room.

My day is looking up. 
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Always nice when there is free cake! I woke up exhausted this morning too, except it seems like I wake up exhausted every morning lately... Glad your day is looking up! :)
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I went to pull the cap off of a pen, and the back of the pen came off instead.

#myday
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Poor Redbeard. I woke up an hour ago (4 in the morning) and went to check on the reptiles for some reason, and found him throwing up all over the place.

I cleaned out the cage, which has consequently made me sick, and replaced only a few items inside, and I've given him some fresh water and some beardie bites. Hopefully they'll sooth his stomach.

I guess I'll be scheduling a vet visit as soon as they open in a couple of hours, but it'll at least be tomorrow before I can take him.

Any suggestions as to what I can do to soothe his stomach until then? Or ideas on what it might be?
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Eh, it was just unfortunate - everyone else eats them happily :) 
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I met a woman at a pet store who was told when she bought her beardie that as a juvenile she need only feed it two or three superworms twice a week.

When they reach adulthood, she was told, you only need to feed them once a week.

Some pet store owners are just deplorable. Giving out terrible information just to make a sale. Makes me want to scream.
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Sadly, I think the more unscrupulous ones are hoping for repeat business. Then they can "upgrade". :S 
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I think I'm developing a lactose intolerance.

Lately I've noticed I'm getting sick to my stomach and it seems to be consistent with when I eat ice cream or pudding or something else that's milk heavy. However, I don't seem to have any problem with cheese. It's weird.

I realize I am known for having stomach problems. I usually drink soy milk because it's better for my asthma, and actually I've just grown to like it better, but I started drinking it in the first place because it was easier on my stomach.

So I guess it's not really a huge surprise - unpleasant, but not too surprising - I just find it weird that I don't have any such reaction to cheese or butter.

But :-(

I don't want lactose intolerance. Though I guess it's better than developing a nut allergy, as a friend of mine recently did.
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I think it must be. I have to do the same thing myself in regards to
sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (sweet n low) and aspartame. If I have
anything with one of those three in it, I get an instant migraine. They're
putting it in everything now too. It even showed up in my toothpaste
recently. :( It's pretty sad that I even have to check the ingredients in
my toothpaste...
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