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I am not an English Major. I do and will from time to time make grammatical and spelling errors. It would be appreciated if those errors are pointed out using DU mail, but if you must show your superior ability to use the English language by posting on the forum, do not be offended if I choose to point out your need to show that superiority on the public forum also.

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Jury question

I have a question about making jury decisions.

I have served on I think 6 juries, 4 of which I was in the majority and 2 I was not. On the two which I weren't' were more policy, rules of the group/forum rather than disruption, inflammatory problems.

In neither case would I have said hide if it were in a different location.

In both cases one other person agreed with me that it was not really inappropriate but rather not in the right place.

I understand that just like in court juries it is up to the individual to decide the issue as they understand it and people may interpret rules differently.

My question(s) is/are if the issue is the subject is not appropriate for the group/forum should it be brought to the host first, rather than a jury? Am I being too picky with the rules of the group/forum?

DVD not available

I know Disney has their "vault" and will release a movie on DVD for a limited time. Apparently they feel this process creates excitement when a movie is being releases and a rush before it disappears again.

Other companies tend to release DVD weeks and months after a movies leaves the theaters and the DVD will remain available permanently or at least for years. They will at times release extended editions, director's cuts, special collections and anniversary editions to build the same excitement Disney accomplishment with a constant opening and closing of the "vault". I think Avatar has been released 4 times already.

But, there are some movies which were either TV movies, older movies or total dogs which either never make it to DVD or didn't sale so they stopped producing DVDs and when they are gone, there gone.

I have see a few movies which are not on DVD but there are those who will sell them by taking a recording from TV or previously released DVD and burning to DVD. They make a profit but not the studio, director, producer nor actors. This is illegal but can easily be found on the internet.

In a world with Netflix, Redbox, iTunes and Hulu renting (or purchasing) movies by streaming or mail order DVD has become the new norm. But, this is still limited by DVD availability and deals made with the studio.

Why not go to the next step for those movies which are not on DVD or available to stream. DVD on demand. Make all movies available on DVD, but make them one at a time, and of course charge a premium for the service. Made to order has worked for other industries for years and it gives the customer many more options. And, instead of paying some guy in Podunk, MS to make a copy from a TV broadcast or a ripped DVD illegally pay the rightful owners.

What do others feel, are there issues I haven't though of?

Is sexual attraction racist?

Sexual attraction is an odd thing. Some like older, some younger, some taller, some shorter, some thin, some fat, some like blonds and others brunets.

If someone who otherwise exhibits no evidence of racism, including accepting others who are in interracial relationships, would they be considered a racist if they are not attracted to someone of another race?

Ok, I get it

It isn't all the christians who want to lock up or murder gays, it isn't most, but just a few.

I also understand with the media "if it bleeds it leads" and a minister saying things like that is going to make the headlines.

Sadly, if a church had a "gay day" to show unity with the gay community it wouldn't be covered unless Phelps showed up to protest.

But, I have no doubt many if not most churches do teach that gays are going to hell. This is apparent by the fact that only a few denomination have decided to allow openly gay people to be members, and even fewer to be ministers.

However, considering the few who hate us so much that they want us killed or locked up, and the many who feel we are sinners, sexual perverts and don't deserve the same rights as all other American Citizens, why is it so bad if we exhibit any anger toward the church?

For the last several weeks, since the NC vote, I keep hearing christians defend the church (even on this website) how Jesus taught love and loves everyone. Well, if I remember the bible says something about you will be known by your fruits, well it doesn't take threats of murder and incarceration or signs which says "god hates homosexuals" for your fruit to be rotten.

Yes, some do accept the gay community, but those few ripe fruits don't make up for the rotten ones. Most farmers would call the crop a total loss.

History Repeating Itself

While I certainly realize movies don’t alway tell the truth, even historical movies which are based on fact take literary license which at times will distort facts.

That said, I have just finished watching the mini series “Oppenheimer” a production by the BBC. I don’t wish to evaluate the life of Dr. Oppenheimer nor his work. But, rather the the tactics of the F.B.I. and the general attitude of the government in the 40’s and 50’s.

Within the movie it continuously referred to the worries that even being friends with a communist called into question one’s loyalty to the U.S., the F.B.I. freely tapped phones and bugged homes and offices, and exhibited that how during the trial to determine if Dr. Oppenheimer should keep his security clearance, his attorney wasn’t allowed security clearance to review the evidence, and there was evidence which was considered “classified” so it was entered into the trial but kept from Oppenheimer’s side. It seemed if it was in the name of national security there were no limits.

Apart from the movie, we all have heard of the Sen. McCarty hearings and the House Committee on UnAmerican Activity.

Basically, the U. S. Constitution was dismissed so often.

Now to present day, or at least within the last decade or so. If someone calls the actions of the government into question they are call unpatriotic and a socialist or communist. We may not have the formal committee but it seems the Republicans are attempting the keep the spirit of the committee alive and well, McCarty seems to have been reincarnated in several of the elected Republicans, and the tactics of the F.B.I. is going strong and the tactics of trials where evidence is kept from defendants sometimes occurs. It seemed if it is in the name of national security there are no limits.

Once again we hear people talk of the Constitution being dismissed by some.

Apparently, we have dismissed parts of our Constitution through-out history and this is nothing new.

I am only 45 years old, so I can only go by the history I read or see in movies and documentaries, and due to the revisionist I am troubled to believe what I read and see because it seems many authors/producers find fact to fit their opinion rather than form their opinion based on the facts.

Can someone shed light on the fact in this subject?

Two questions

I am not great on acronyms, to old I guess. I get LOL, IMHO, and ROFL but there are two I keep seeing and haven't caught on to. MIC and K&R. If any one can help that would be great.

Kind of on the same thought, I know DU stands for Democratic Underground, but I occasionally see DU2 and DU3. One again any help would be great.

Question on Doubt

For most of my life I was a Christian. I really believed, the Bible was the "word of God". Yet, at times I found myself doubting my faith. For a few seconds I really did not believe.

Now I am an Atheist. I really do not believe in God, the Bible or any aspect of religion. Yet, at times I find myself doubting my non-faith. For a few seconds I really believe in God.

Is this just part of human nature? To question what you believe or don't believe?

What will the U.S. be like in 2076

I at times don't recognized this country, not because of any specific thing, but the general attitude of some of the people.
What do you think the U.S. will be like in 2076;

Please have fun with this. Add comments, no comment too off the wall.

Has anyone crunch the numbers?

Rmoney continued to stress his record at Bain. He WAS claiming 100's of 1000's of jobs he "created". I think he has now lowered that to 10's of 1000's.

The Democrats point out the firings, closings and out sourcing after a business was purchased by Bain.

But, when the ultimate question is asked, when all is said and done, is Rmoney's record positive or negative. I haven't heard a clear answer.

Even on NPR which usually is not partial the answer is "who knows" it is too complicated to figure out because there are variables which are not measurable, e.g. if a business would not have been purchased would it have closed sooner, or even more lost their jobs, if Rmoney would have not fired, closed and out sourced like he did could he have still saved any businesses. What if someone else provided the capital without such demands for profit, what about allowing the employees to purchase the businesses?

Don't get me wrong, I feel Private Equity Firms are the leaches and vultures of the business world.

And, I personally feel Bain did more harm than good. Further more even if one feels Bain did some good, for that to be Rmoney's record which he is saying he can "fix" America's economy it won't work. You can't fire the state of Mississippi, and close the state of Alaska, out source Florida to the Caribbean.

That said.

Has anyone really crunched the numbers so that with empirical data, it is known once and for all, Bain did good or bad.

Has anyone crunched the numbers?

Rmoney continued to stress his record at Bain. He WAS claiming 100's of 1000's of jobs he "created". I think he has now lowered that to 10's of 1000's.

The Democrats point out the firings and closings after a business was purchased by Bain.

But, when the ultimate question is asked, when all is said and done is Rmoney's record positive or negative.

Even on NPR which usually is not partial the answer is "who knows" it is too complicated to figure out because there are variables which are not measurable, e.g. if a business would not have been purchased would it have closed sooner, or even more lost their jobs, if Rmoney would have accepted lower profit could more jobs be saves and fewer business closed.

Don't get me wrong, I feel Private Equity Firms are the leaches and vultures of the business world.

And, I personally feel Bain did more harm than good. Further more even if one feels Bain did some good, for that to be Rmoney's record which he is saying he can "fix" America's economy it won't work. You can't fire the state of Mississippi, and close the state of Alaska, out source Florida to the Caribbean.

That said.

Has anyone really crunched the numbers so that with empirical data, it is known once and for all, Bain did good or bad.
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