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I think you're right Andrew, it's more the base concept of selling it as Anne Frank that's terrible, but yeah, I think the evacuee part is certainly more closely related with English history than Jewish history -and the tag is a big key in that part.
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The salary history issue is actually being made illegal in many states because aside from just being annoying for the reasons you listed, they have found that it also perpetrates pay discrimination against women and minorities because if one company pays less based on sex or race, then every one that follows will continue to do so if they go by history. Instead, a person qualified for a position should just be offered whatever any other person qualified for that position would be offered regardless of what they were paid.

They also found that women who refuse to give up salary history are paid significantly less than average while men who do the same are paid more than average, so it promotes discrimination even when the candidate refuses to give that information.

Plus, it also discourages people from wanting to take chances with startups and non-profits that might be rewarding in other ways because then when you leave the job, you're stuck with that salary history.
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That author is full of crap about Disney tattoos. Yes, you can get kicked out for having obscene tattoos visible to the public, but there are no rules about having tattoos with Disney licenses or they would be kicking their biggest fans out non-stop.
He seems to have stole most of the article from another source -and that source doesn't say anything about Disney tattoos so I don't know where he decided to pull that out of his ass, but it's just not true.
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I had a friend in high school who was in the Boy Scouts when she was younger -she wanted to learn about hiking, camping and survival skills while the Girl Scouts in the area were just selling cookies and practicing traditional feminine skills like sewing. The organizations do totally different things and kids should get to choose what they want to do based on their interests, not their gender.
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It does strike a nerve with me because I hear that every year and 99% of the time, it's from people who have gone one year or who only went to Hall H or didn't even walk the floor. As his blog post states, there's still a huge section of the floor that's all comic books and the funny thing is that you'll hear people bemoaning how there's no comic books because they themselves don't actually want to look at comic or buy comics, they just want to complain because it's the hip thing to do. Obviously you actually care about comics and aren't one of these hipster too-cool-for-everything types that I'm talking about, but they are why I get so short tempered about people saying that crap. The people who actually care about comic books go and buy comic books, or prints from artists who work on comics, they don't sit there and whine about how there's nothing there related to comic books.

SDCC has always been a bit of a different beast because Star Wars was actually first promoted at the convention back in 1976 before anyone even thought the movie would be a hit. No other conventions were home to exclusive movie content back then, but that's what made Comic Con what it is. Complaining about having pop culture stuff at Comic Con is complaining about what made SDCC THE convention of note.

And as the mainstreaming of geek culture (which is precisely what made SDCC so insane over the last decade) is starting to become less of a thing, the crowds are thinning out. A lot of studios are leaving the convention, MTV scaled back it's stupid Fandom Awards ceremony and even companies that do belong there, like Syfy, have greatly reduced their budgets.

The bubble burst, which means soon enough, people who want to buy passes won't have such a tough time getting them and actually getting in to the convention center. With any luck, it will also mean floor space will clear out a little and more independent artists and distributors will be able to get in because that's what the majority of visitors (outside of those Hall H idiots who by and large don't actually visit the floor at all and just want to stand in the same room as a celebrity) actually care about.

Chuck's blog mentioned how there were less people there and he seemed to insinuate that it was because there's free stuff outside, but it wasn't that they issued less passes or that people just decided not to go (it was the same number and they still sold out), but now that they have RIFD chips, people can't "lose" their passes and give extras to their friends or just copy extras on their scanner and print them out. The fewer people in the hall were actually the number of people that were supposed to be there for the last few years. People who are going to all the free stuff outside are largely doing it because they can't get in to the convention itself (trust me, I live in SD and most of my friends go to that stuff for that exact reason).

Bottom line: there's still plenty of comic book stuff and in the next few years, there will be more of it and more fans around to support it.
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I always hate this argument. Yes, there's tons of pop culture stuff here, but there are also tons of booths selling comic books, comic book memorabilia and art based on comic books. There are tons of artists making comic books with booths here. Overall, comic book movies and tv shows are the biggest panels at the convention. Just because there's other stuff at the convention doesn't meant there's not also way more comic-related stuff than just about anywhere else. I feel like people don't even want to bother looking at the booths or any of the comic book stuff at the convention and then they want to bitch about there's nothing related to comics -and people always want something to bitch about at SDCC.

And you know what else? Most comic book shops sell stuff related to Star Wars and D&D as well, so I guess they should change their name to reflect that too, right?

People who like comic books tend to like other geek stuff as well. Catering to those interests as well doesn't make a convention or a comic shop less dedicated to comic books.
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I know that 120 isn't enough to melt plastic and that the images could have nothing to do with the actual heat wave as it's the internet, but given that asphalt can reach 160 in the sun and any reflecting heat from other sources could make the temperatures even hotter, I still think the pictures could be credible. If there was no way this was possible, I wouldn't have posted this. The wall is particularly bad looking because they obviously used inferior materials or stretched it way too thin -even so, the fact that it's only in a tight grouping suggests it could easily have extra heat reflection on it.
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Yeah, it seems strange, but he was great in Dexter -so creepy. But then, that balance of creepy and charming/smiley is pretty hard to pull off. Robin Williams also almost got the role and I could imagine that being really cool.
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Wow, I guess that makes sense. If you know you're pregnant and you have a miscarriage, doctors should automatically be cautious about that. But if you have no idea -that takes a lot of guess work. Still it should be something they should look into especially when pregnancy tests are so easy for them to run.
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Uggg, that is awful. I'm glad your wife is ok. There was another woman on the FB page who had an ectopic pregnancy and the doctors didn't bother to look into it when she was having an extremely painful miscarriage -that should be one of the first things they look for. It's amazing how many doctors seem to just want to spend as little time as possible with their patients.
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Personally, I don't have a problem with another artist putting up art that criticizes the bull. It was a guerrilla art piece and just because it has been legitimized by the city of New York doesn't mean that it should be revered any more than a graffiti mural on a wall. I don't like the idea of a corporation pretending to do guerrilla artwork as a marketing tactic. It goes against everything the movement is based on. I honestly find it sad how many "feminists" believe the whole thing really is empowering. Sorry, but if a Wall Street corporation takes up your cause as a marketing tactic, it's not empowering, it's just demeaning.
That's why I personally love the pug. I even love the fact that he intentionally made it crappy and cheap though I hope he makes an improved version that can't be destroyed so easily.
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I didn't gloss over your experiences, I told you they were different in that they didn't involve someone assuming you know nothing purely based on your gender. Offering new information isn't mansplaining and the fact that you think it is just proves that you don't understand the concept or why it's so problematic when men have had a history of literally telling women "not to worry their pretty little heads over it."

Your defending the guy in the motorcycle story shows that you really don't get it. Yeah, guys BS with each other, but they don't tend to go up to a random male stranger and act like he literally knows nothing. Try doing the exact same thing the guy in the story did to a male biker and you're likely to get punched in the face. And whether that bullshit comes from a place of flirting or the assumption that the woman really doesn't know anything doesn't make it better. Also, I don't know anyone who was impressed with the "I know everything/you know nothing" pick up technique in grade school, so anyone trying it as an adult really needs to grow the hell up.

I'm sorry that you think having emotions screwed you up for two decades. It's pretty hard to imagine how or why though when you literally have no examples and just complain that she "had me handle emotions like a woman would," which doesn't really seem like a problem. And sorry, but I didn't think we were having a contest over who had a worse experience, you talked about how I was being a hypocrite by criticizing medical professionals and I explained that many medical professionals still do stupid stuff.

Finally, I ignored the epidural question because the way you phrased it before didn't make it seem relevant to the conversation, but I get what you're saying so here goes. Yes, plenty of women get epidurals, but that just reduces the amount of pain you're going through and that drastically varies from woman to woman. I have heard of women who haven't had epidurals going through labor in five minutes and saying it was no worse than pooping. I've also heard of women with epidurals going through labor for 36+ hours and saying it was the most painful and awful experience of their lives.
You're right, the medic could have been talking from the point of reference of his wife's labor or the woman who delivered on the way to the hospital and had super easy deliveries. It was still an ignorant thing to say because no, you can't simply all women's labor experiences as being no worse than pooping, but hey, maybe he was the one guy on the list who wasn't actually mansplaining.
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Everyone has been talked down to by someone else. The difference with mansplaining is that the man assumes that he knows more than the woman just because of her gender. Do either of you really think that the guy trying to explain to the woman how her bike worked if she was a man, because I sure don't.

And PlaysWithWolves, yeah doctors and paramedics have experience with the medical side of things, but in these cases, neither of their pieces of advice are based on medical facts and these men have never and will never experience what they're trying to give advice on so yes, they would be better off staying silent rather than passing along incorrect information. I guarantee you any woman who has ever experienced bad cramps isn't going to tell you that getting a hobby will help.

Male OB/GYNs like this one are usually relics from a time before woman started taking over the field and unfortunately, they don't bother to read up on current medical science or even talk to their female colleagues about their personal experiences as people who actually have vaginas. I had a similar one who saw that I was thirty and hadn't had any children so he just assumed I never wanted to have kids. When I said I still did, he laughed and said "oh, so you're just a late bloomer." Maybe that was the case fifty years ago when he started in the field, but there are plenty of women these days who wait until their thirties to have kids. A quick look at his reviews online showed that he constantly made these types of outdated and offensive comments to his clients. Needless to say, I never went back.
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Fair enough. Unfortunately, it seems like most Americans who say we shouldn't have to tip don't actually tip when they go to restaurants, which isn't making a political statement (no matter how many times they claim it is), but hurting someone who is just trying to earn a living.
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Minimum wage SHOULD be enough to live on, but as long as federal minimum wage for tipped workers is so low, tipping SHOULD be compulsory and if you don't want to tip, you shouldn't use any services that require tipping. People want to make political statements (or just be cheap) about tipping and often end up screwing over the poor workers who have no say in it either way.
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I adore Kimmy Schmidt and I think it was way better than Santa Clarita Diet, which I think is entertaining -but not great. Even so I agree that SCD was way lower on the list than it deserved to be. Question: Do you like 30 Rock? Maybe you just don't dig Tina Fey.

As for the Iron Fist thing, I think that whole "controversy" was just drummed up by publications looking for something to complain about to drive views. As you said he was white in the comics. Personally, I didn't think it was the best show, but it was still solid. My only complaint is that Danny was so dull -all the other characters were so great but he was just meh.
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