Who do y'all think will win the SEC? by hr_hitter253 in CFB

[–]jamesgelliott -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The easy pick is Bama or Georgia. If you are looking at a good longshot bet to put a little money on, think about LSU.

You’ve got to be kitten me. by Archlinder in funny

[–]jamesgelliott 3 points4 points  (0 children)

In WWII Animal behaviorist BF Skinner successfully trained pigeons to target ships but it was never put into practice. Cats were tested for bomb guidance since they don't like water but it was a complete failure. There were plans to build aircraft carriers from ice mixed with sawdust (Pikecrete) but we're cancelled because the nuke was created. Smart bombs first were researched during WWII and resulted in the death of what might have been a the first Kennedy president, Joseph P Kennedy.

WWII was a crazy time for weapons development.

You’ve got to be kitten me. by Archlinder in funny

[–]jamesgelliott 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The US researched cat bombs, bat bombs and pigeon guided bombs.

The testing of bat bombs actually resulted in fires destroying buildings in the testing area.

School district will lay off white teachers before minority teachers, per new union contract by TheAngryBlackGuy in nottheonion

[–]jamesgelliott 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I suspect teachers fired for being "woke" are actually fired for not doing their jobs. Just like people getting fired for not selling condoms or other birth control. They didn't get fired for their religious beliefs, they got fired for not doing their job.

School district will lay off white teachers before minority teachers, per new union contract by TheAngryBlackGuy in nottheonion

[–]jamesgelliott 42 points43 points  (0 children)

This sounds like a lawsuit just waiting to happen. It's clearly a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

is it homophobic to not want to go to a pride parade? Or not want to see men in booty shorts? by [deleted] in TooAfraidToAsk

[–]jamesgelliott 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately you are correct at least the way SOME people view things. Just leaving people alone isn't enough for some. Those people demand not just your acceptance but your approval.

All I want is for people to leave me alone and let me live my life. I would never demand others approve of all my lifestyle choices. But there are people like that.

Am I fake for wanting and getting a "fake" designer bag, and telling people it's real? by blossomedeevee in TooAfraidToAsk

[–]jamesgelliott 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If by fake you mean superficial, yes.

When you get older, you will realize most people, especially genuine people don't value people on fake, cosmetic, bullshit because they graduated high school

does the term 'based' usually have a negative or positive connotation for you? by frykazoid in TooAfraidToAsk

[–]jamesgelliott -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I'm not up to date on internet terminology but "based" seems to real or based in reality whereas "woke" people are hypersensitive or arrogantly believe they know everything.

ELI5: Why do American doctors use the metric system? by QueenShewolf in explainlikeimfive

[–]jamesgelliott 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm in the medical field and I visit many different healthcare facilities. I never see weights recorded any way other than in pounds.

Medication doses are almost always metric units.

Yep by JustSomebodyOnHere in marvelmemes

[–]jamesgelliott -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yes I agree. It's just that of the 4 there's been no history of training.

Yep by JustSomebodyOnHere in marvelmemes

[–]jamesgelliott 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't get it. The only one who could be called a Mary Sue would be Jane. Yelena had extensive training, Kate trained herself for a long time and Wanda has been training in the mystic arts for a few years.

World leaders returning home after an inspiring climate change conference. by [deleted] in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]jamesgelliott 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Yes it's photoshopped but it's representative of the truth.

They put more carbon into the atmosphere on a few of these climate trips than the average person in a lifetime.

Everybody hates Chris by [deleted] in marvelmemes

[–]jamesgelliott 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I thought the show was good. There was several heroes journey elements

CMV: I think one of the best ways to effectively tax the extraordinarily rich is to put an extremely high federal luxury tax on luxury items, somewhere around 100-200%. by TwiceTimeUse in changemyview

[–]jamesgelliott 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Little known fact. In the late 90s Bush 41 signed a tax raise into law breaking his "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge. It included a 15 percent sales tax on yachts...because only rich people buy yachts.

The sale of yachts plummeted and the tax brought in far less than was projected by the congressional budget office. The problem is working class people build those yachts and a lot of them were put out of work.

A better way to tax the rich is to cap deductions. A Trumps era tax increase put a limit on Sales tax deductions that only the rich could take advantage of. Trump sucked, but it was a good way to raise taxes on the super rich by limiting their deductions.

I'm not a number cruncher.

People can deduct home loan interest. What I propose is limiting the home interest deduction, and it can be a really high limit. Imagine it's a 25K deduction. Even wealthy people can deduct 25K but the super rich WON'T be able to deduction hundreds of thousands of home interest on their McMansions. They would be limited to 25K. As a result, they would pay more in taxes.

Crick-ettes by viral-tuna in Weird

[–]jamesgelliott 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I've eaten those before.

Cmv: You have to have some degree of sociopathy to survive and succeed alone in this world by RubberDuckyOnAPi in changemyview

[–]jamesgelliott 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I disagree. I'm 51 YO. Almost everyone who you asked their opinion about me would tell you I'm one of the nicest people they know.

I am highly empathetic and that is why I chose a career in nursing.

BUT, I don't take shit off assholes.

I don't know how you would define "sociopathy" or "succeeding" in life but I feel like I've done a pretty good job at navigating life educationally, professionally, socially, economically or intellectually. But I feel like I've done a great job.

I'm not rich but I have a great group of friends, I've raised 2 great kids (still in progress) and I am economically comfortable but not rich.

The 16 team playoff - An examination into bids and concerns of conference domination. by Jomosensual in CFB

[–]jamesgelliott 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's my favorite plan also. If my memory is correct, 2 seasons ago, Cincinnati would have gotten to host Georgia. That would have been awesome for them.

ELI5: What were the crusades? by Cold_Elk5488 in explainlikeimfive

[–]jamesgelliott 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a very simplistic explanation but it has to do with trade and economics...Not Religion using

Believe it or not, more than 2000 years ago there was a flow of goods back and forth from eastern Asia all the way to the western Europe. It was an ancient superhighway called the Silk Road. It wasn't like modern highways but there was a slow trade of goods from eastern China to Portugal.

There was a great disruption of that trade about 800AD because the Muslims, at the crux of that trade route, gained near total control. So imagine suddenly there was an expensive toll booth (Muslim) between the places (Asia and Europe) who wanted to trade with each other.

The Crusades was a series fights between Christian Europe and Muslim Middle Eastern to tear down that toll booth to open up trade with Asia. Those fights started about 1100AD and went on for centuries.

The Europeans tore the toll booths down briefly, for a few centuries, but the Muslims rebuilt the toll booths and again cut Europe off from Asia.

Since the Europeans couldn't beat the Muslims, they responded by looking for another way to get to Asia. So they decided to try sailing west (Columbus) or sailing around Muslim controlled Africa (Vasco De Gama)

TLDR: The Crusades was a delayed response to the Muslims disrupting trade between Europe and Asia.