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They're both appropriately dressed for meeting who they're meeting.

Grenn wrote:

They're both appropriately dressed for meeting who they're meeting.

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Grenn wrote:

They're both appropriately dressed for meeting who they're meeting.

The Canadian PM isn't wearing any flannel! It's a fashion faux pas of the highest order!

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Faith in humanity: rising.

Edit: This is in response to Luggage's post. Though a Contra woolly sweater is pretty awesome too.

MeatMan wrote:

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Hmmm. I wonder if that comic writer read the Wellesley High School Commencement speech prior to making the comic.

It's times like this when I really feel like I live in another world. My mother would not accept anything other than a perfect result, usually. Of course, even when you got an almost perfect score she'd still say you did well, but you knew she was disappointed.

Luggage wrote:
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Rykin wrote:

Ugh that comic makes me think of my primary school education and all the bullsh*t awards and prizes they gave out. First place during super kids day (just like everyone else), bs awards at science fairs, and from what I hear from my mom (who works high schoolers): diplomas that are basically awarded for showing up and not killing anyone (she works with a semi-rough group).

In eighth grade, I got an award for being "best groomed", whatever that meant. My prize was a comb. It was a weird day.

So you are a dog then?

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Rallick wrote:

Faith in humanity: rising.

Edit: This is in response to Luggage's post. Though a Contra woolly sweater is pretty awesome too.

I hope it has the Konami code on the back.

LarryC wrote:

It's times like this when I really feel like I live in another world. My mother would not accept anything other than a perfect result, usually. Of course, even when you got an almost perfect score she'd still say you did well, but you knew she was disappointed.

You might be living in another world to read it that way. Just so you are not confused, Larry, many if not most of our PARENTS here are the same way as your mother, as is the father in the comic. It is the school system and possibly society in general that critique is aimed at.

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Please tell me I can buy that.

As for the kindness photos: that stuff is nice, yes. But at the same time, when people say "I'm being kind", it makes me wonder what their real motivation is for doing something nice for someone else.

ccesarano wrote:

As for the kindness photos: that stuff is nice, yes. But at the same time, when people say "I'm being kind", it makes me wonder what their real motivation is for doing something nice for someone else.

I understand that thought process, being in the Randian "there is no Altruism" camp myself. I mostly posted it for the hilarity of the first note.

Terry and I saw Skyfall last night (LOVED IT) and, in typical fashion for me, I started Wiki'ing about everyone in it. And somehow came across this:

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That's right, Daniel Craig in ice lolly form.

ccesarano wrote:

Please tell me I can buy that.

As for the kindness photos: that stuff is nice, yes. But at the same time, when people say "I'm being kind", it makes me wonder what their real motivation is for doing something nice for someone else.

Poor jaded cynical honey-bourbon-loving ccesarano.

@luggage's post

All really great "faith in humanity" images. Except one. (I know you didn't create it - I think).

I still get upset about the airline parents one. As a parent, I'm still appalled that people get annoyed by crying babies, and expect their mothers or fathers to "shut the child up". I think the fact that these parents felt they had to do this is a a damning commentary on the egotism of our society. Babies cry. Get over it. A baby has as much right to cry as you have to quiet. Actually, you have less right to quiet than a baby has to cry. You can rationalize that babies aren't doing it to piss you off. A baby can't even begin to understand your "needs" (luxuries, actually).

That one image, to me, show extremely thoughtful young parents, who are the ones actually owed courtesy. The other passengers on an airline should be passing notes to the young parents saying, if you need anything during the flight, ask us; we're, afterall, entirely unburdened by the needs of any other human being.

Ghostship wrote:

@luggage's post

All really great "faith in humanity" images. Except one. (I know you didn't create it - I think).

I still get upset about the airline parents one. As a parent, I'm still appalled that people get annoyed by crying babies, and expect their mothers or fathers to "shut the child up". I think the fact that these parents felt they had to do this is a a damning commentary on the egotism of our society. Babies cry. Get over it. A baby has as much right to cry as you have to quiet. Actually, you have less right to quiet than a baby has to cry. You can rationalize that babies aren't doing it to piss you off. A baby can't even begin to understand your "needs" (luxuries, actually).

That one image, to me, show extremely thoughtful young parents, who are the ones actually owed courtesy. The other passengers on an airline should be passing notes to the young parents saying, if you need anything during the flight, ask us.

They only gave them out to people who complain. The jolly ranchers were laced with cyanide.

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Ghostship wrote:

I still get upset about the airline parents one. As a parent, I'm still appalled that people get annoyed by crying babies, and expect their mothers or fathers to "shut the child up". I think the fact that these parents felt they had to do this is a a damning commentary on the egotism of our society. Babies cry. Get over it. A baby has as much right to cry as you have to quiet. Actually, you have less right to quiet than a baby has to cry. You can rationalize that babies aren't doing it to piss you off. A baby can't even begin to understand your "needs" (luxuries, actually).

That one image, to me, show extremely thoughtful young parents, who are the ones actually owed courtesy. The other passengers on an airline should be passing notes to the young parents saying, if you need anything during the flight, ask us; we're, afterall, entirely unburdened by the needs of any other human being.

While I agree with you and Louis CK that we are to spoiled, I think flying with an infant is on the border of acceptable and nuissance in many regards. Yes, there's no real alternative for intercontinental flights. But getting onto 6h+ flights with an infant is about as irresponsible and selfish as heavily obese people booking only one seat. I know this belongs more into P&C though.

Those random acts of kindness helped today. Being at work on my birthday with a lot of very angry and a few scamming people, I am not in an amused mood, but that certainly helped.

Also I want that sweater.

Edit: The Konami code should clearly be stitched inside it, not displayed for all the world to see.

Luggage wrote:

While I agree with you and Louis CK that we are to spoiled, I think flying with an infant is on the border of acceptable and nuissance in many regards. Yes, there's no real alternative for intercontinental flights. But getting onto 6h+ flights with an infant is about as irresponsible and selfish as heavily obese people booking only one seat. I know this belongs more into P&C though.

Just guessing here, that you don't have kids.

Well, me neither, but guess what, I'm going to be flying with them when I do. My in-laws live 3000+ miles away, my family live 8000+ miles away. I'm not going to prevent my family from meeting their newest members just because it might irritate some people for a handful of hours.

Seriously, that's what you're proposing. Which, sorry if this offends you, is incredibly self-absorbed and narcissistic. Frankly, getting onto a 6+ hour flight with 200 other people and expecting them all to cater to your needs instead of their own is naive and prideful.

With that said, there's a world of difference between taking your infant on a flight and doing everything you can to reduce the disturbance to your fellow passengers, versus ignoring the kid while it wails for 6 hours. And there, you'll get no argument that the latter is grade-A douchebag behavior.

On the other hand, people don't generally get to choose what annoys them. Screaming children annoy me. There's not anything I can do about that, any more than you can magically make a baby stop crying.

Ghostship wrote:

@luggage's post

All really great "faith in humanity" images. Except one. (I know you didn't create it - I think).

I still get upset about the airline parents one. As a parent, I'm still appalled that people get annoyed by crying babies, and expect their mothers or fathers to "shut the child up". I think the fact that these parents felt they had to do this is a a damning commentary on the egotism of our society. Babies cry. Get over it. A baby has as much right to cry as you have to quiet. Actually, you have less right to quiet than a baby has to cry. You can rationalize that babies aren't doing it to piss you off. A baby can't even begin to understand your "needs" (luxuries, actually).

That one image, to me, show extremely thoughtful young parents, who are the ones actually owed courtesy. The other passengers on an airline should be passing notes to the young parents saying, if you need anything during the flight, ask us; we're, afterall, entirely unburdened by the needs of any other human being.

I have to disagree. A screaming child is no different than someone with a loud boombox. Noise pollution is against the law in some places for a reason. Also, this is probably the second biggest reason I'm driving 4700 miles next month rather than fly it.

Edit: Having a child is a choice. Deal with the consequences. I choose not to have children and I deal with those consequences.

ibdoomed wrote:
Ghostship wrote:

@luggage's post

All really great "faith in humanity" images. Except one. (I know you didn't create it - I think).

I still get upset about the airline parents one. As a parent, I'm still appalled that people get annoyed by crying babies, and expect their mothers or fathers to "shut the child up". I think the fact that these parents felt they had to do this is a a damning commentary on the egotism of our society. Babies cry. Get over it. A baby has as much right to cry as you have to quiet. Actually, you have less right to quiet than a baby has to cry. You can rationalize that babies aren't doing it to piss you off. A baby can't even begin to understand your "needs" (luxuries, actually).

That one image, to me, show extremely thoughtful young parents, who are the ones actually owed courtesy. The other passengers on an airline should be passing notes to the young parents saying, if you need anything during the flight, ask us; we're, afterall, entirely unburdened by the needs of any other human being.

I have to disagree. A screaming child is no different than someone with a loud boombox. Noise pollution is against the law in some places for a reason. Also, this is probably the second biggest reason I'm driving 4700 miles next month rather than fly it.

Edit: Having a child is a choice. Deal with the consequences. I choose not to have children and I deal with those consequences.

The boombox has an off switch. A baby is a living creature utterly dependent on the person who has to fly somewhere. TINY difference.

ibdoomed wrote:

Edit: Having a child is a choice. Deal with the consequences. I choose not to have children and I deal with those consequences.

Taking a six hour flight is a choice.

ibdoomed wrote:

A screaming child is no different than someone with a loud boombox. Noise pollution is against the law in some places for a reason.

I'm shocked to find this kind of ignorance here.

What you can do to change whether or not you're annoyed by something is to change your expectations to something more realistic. If you honestly believe that, I'm going to suggest some self help literature on understanding and managing your emotions.

If you get on a flight expecting a library like silence, you will be annoyed.

If you have a problem with the service you're buying, buy a different product. If you're expecting to be personally catered to in a luxury environment, buy that service.
Buy first class. Choose an airline which doesn't allow children to fly. You knew what you were getting into. It's next thing to public transit.

People need to travel for many reasons. Let's imagine for a mintue a couple is travelling with a child who needs to live closer to a medical specialist, and they need to be there within a day to save their spot with that particular, in-demand, specialist.

And a screaming child is entirely different than a boombox. WTF?
(read with no sarcasm in a genuine tone)How can you make a statement like that then follow it up with such a well thought out, intelligent, mature decision, like choosing to drive instead of be annoyed by a service which doesn't meet your exceptions. Bravo on that BTW. Sincerely.

I expect to be followed by a popcorn eating gif.

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Ghostship wrote:

I expect to be followed by a popcorn eating gif.

T-H'ed me by less than 60 seconds! : D

By bringing an infant on the plane, they are degrading the flight experience for the other passengers. By providing a small treat they are improving it. Seems like a good trade.

It's worth keeping in mind there have been studies on this specific fact: A baby crying, for a large majority of the human race, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, location, etc..., is one of the most irritating and stressful sounds possible. There's a reason that sound is used a torture device as part of a sleep depravation method.

To me, it's a gordion knot. By bringing your tiny baby on the plane, you are basically ensuring that other people will have to listen to that sound. You are causing your child who doesn't know how to pop their ears or chew gum to go into a place where air pressure will make them uncomfortable.

But, I get what everyone else is saying. It's too convenient and easy a form of travel to pass up, especially for long distances. I think those parents were courteous and I certainly would have appreciated a pair of free ear plugs if their babies were on my flight and crying. But I also think everyone else should be on the plane prepared for that contingency.

As a new parent, running on little sleep and with a defensive attitude, I'd like to see this discussion moved to P&C, where I can safely ignore it, before I start posting things Certis will make me regret.