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Everyone's Neat-O-meter is different, VMC. What's interesting to you may not be interesting to others.

Part of the charm of Neatorama is finding new things that you otherwise wouldn't seek out by yourself. I'm continually surprised at finding out neat and interesting things from other authors of the blog.
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Wow, that was bad! Sorry for the mangled wordings, guys. This and most of my other posts were written in the middle of a sleep deprived night. (I'm on night duty with the new baby) Not that I'm all that proficient in English to begin with. It's fixed now (hopefully).

Child abuse is a serious matter. I get that. And I also get that abuse doesn't have to be the physical kind to cause harm to a child.

BUT, if you read the article, you'll see that there were also "other domestic issues." This is a red flag for me that there may be more to this story.

One of the easiest way to get your spouse in trouble, in the heat of a domestic altercation, is to call the cops on him or her. One of my neighbors did this to each other when they were fighting. Over stupid stuff - and the cops knew it, but they had to respond.

Later on, both used these incidents as weapons against each other in the divorce and the child custody proceeding.

I wouldn't be surprised if this were the case here too. Note: "Columbia County District Attorney Jane Kohlwey said there wasn't enough evidence against the father to support felony charges. She said there is no physical injury to the child and that there is no evidence to warrant further evaluation of any emotional damage."
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I learned something about margarine's history from wikipedia:

In the United States, the color bans, drafted by the butter lobby, began in the dairy states of New York and New Jersey. In several states, the legislature enacted laws to force margarine manufacturers to add pink colorings to make the product look unpalatable, but the Supreme Court struck down New Hampshire's law and overruled these measures. By the start of the 20th century eight out of ten Americans could not buy yellow margarine, and those that could had to pay a hefty tax on it. Bootleg colored margarine became common, and manufacturers began to supply food-coloring capsules so that the consumer could knead the yellow color into margarine before serving it.

Those darned butter lobby!
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What's the qualification for "service animal"? Does the fact that a pet cat makes him feel better automatically qualify it as a service animal?

I feel that there's a hint of "let do what I want or I'll sue" attitude on the part of the vet, though I confess I don't know the details of the situation.
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@Suzie: being poor is no excuse for committing a crime. And mind you, this isn't a "I steal that bread because I was hungry" kind of petty crime - these are sophisticated (albeit grammatically deficient) enterprises.

And yes, Nigerian scammers cause significant financial damage to their victims. According to this Wired article, they scam $200 million from Americans (God knows how much worldwide) every year.
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As a consumer, we have more power than any government to stop child labor - just insist that products are made in factories that don't employ child labor/have humane working conditions/pay living wages, etc.

Oh, wait (checks cheap Wal-Mart shoes). Dammit, made in China ... never mind!!!
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Wow - that is easily my favorite video clip of the week! Great find, Miss C!

Does anyone know what's up with the chewbacca-like groaning in the background? That can't be the mom, right... (at one point she was slurping the new baby and I don't think she could slurp and burp at the same time)
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@Just Me: You're probably right, but I'm more inclined to think that serious dog bites and attacks are reported.

I'm not saying that all pit bulls are vicious or aggressive - your American bulldog, for once, seems like a sweetie pie.

But as a breed, pit bulls are generally more apt to cause significant harm when it attacks/bites than other breeds.
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Whatever you want to call it - pit bull or pit-bull like dogs, facts remain that they're responsible for a disproportionate amount of bites and attacks when compared to their population.

You can't hide the aggressiveness and damage caused by pit bulls by saying "pit bulls don't exist - they're made of many different breeds." It's like saying gang violence doesn't exist - you just have many different local 'hoods that are individually very violent. (Okay, the analogy isn't perfect, but you get my drift).

Re: temperament - different breeds of dogs are known to have different temperaments. Indeed, it's possible to breed dogs that are aggressive or meek by selecting the temperaments of their parents. Do this over a course of many generations, you'll get the generalized characteristic of a breed. Pit bulls were prized and bred for their fighting ability. It's no surprise that you get what you breed...

@Tyler: thank you for the link - it was very interesting.

Ask yourself this: you see two dogs you've never seen before guarding two roads. A chihuahua and a pit bull. Which road would you chose?

I'd take a chihuahua vs. a pit bull anyday (unless I know FOR SURE that the pit bull is a docile dog), because I know that the damage caused by the little yapper can't match the potential damage a pit bull can inflict.

We've had many dogs in our family, including aggressive breeds like chows and dobermans. And guess what? Generally speaking, those dogs ARE more aggressive than other breeds.
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@tedwilson: What's your definition of turnabout? I thought it was a perfect example of turnabout: scamming a scammer!

I'd argue that scambaiting is actually beneficial: by wasting the scammer's time and energy, he or she is that much less able to scam other people!
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@pol X: Your reasoning is that if a thing is shown to a USAnian they think it is from the US because that is where they saw it.

Smurf no! :) My reasoning was that an American animation production company Hanna-Barbera popularized The Smurfs into a worldwide fame.
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