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Social Issues and Causes / Re: Chiod marriage or chiod abuse?
« Last Post by Dave on Today at 06:52:50 PM »
It's my understanding that marriage below the age of 16 requires not only the parents approval, but a judge's permission.  The problem is there are places where that's not hard to come by, esp. if the adults involved are all members of the same religious group or the parents' reason for marrying off their minor daughter (and it is always a daughter) is to prevent pre-marital sex.

Edited because I googled it for better info:  Age of Consent by State

Yes, I espected a little "editorial influence" on the facts in the report, but it still seems to inficate that child msrriage is, effectively, condined by the suthotities - yet also condemned by some agencies in others.

Hints there at religious moralising trumping the needs of the kids.
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Social Issues and Causes / Re: Chiod marriage or chiod abuse?
« Last Post by Pasta Chick on Today at 06:45:13 PM »
Define "marriage" as well.

A lot of the communities doing this in the US are very isolated. They deliberately distance themselves from society as a whole and attempt to self govern. In many cases government recognition is neither needed nor wanted, and marriage is strictly the business of the church. Child brides, multiple brides, it's all good.

Most Americans would have a problem with it, except they don't really believe it. The Duggars still have a huge fan base of defenders even after covering up their son molesting more than one of his sisters on multiple occasions.
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Science / Re: New gene variants reveal the evolution of human skin color
« Last Post by Dave on Today at 06:42:11 PM »
JC was actually a Scandinavian. Everyone knows that.

Aryan? (Though that was a language group rather than a racisl type otiginally.)
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Re: Reasons To Be Grumpy thread
« Last Post by Dave on Today at 06:39:09 PM »
How would you tell if a snake is affectionate towards you (if in fact they're capable of affection) without projecting or humanising them in the first place?

Biochemical markers? :notsure: 

I'm don't know much about snake behaviour, so I wouldn't be able to differentiate affection from aloofness.  :shrug:

I knew one snake who loved having his throat stroked but, generslly they do not pair bond like parrots (or dogs, or cats) and pair bonding is the basis of affection. Lot's of birds pair bond very strongly for life. My mother's budgie, unfortunately, bonded with me, instantly, instead of her.
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Media / Re: Walking Dead II
« Last Post by Pasta Chick on Today at 06:37:59 PM »
Right from the start, BF and I were irritated that super badass Daryl would stand literally right behind the delivery point of he and Dwight's little arrow message system. Way to be a super bowman there, guy.

Then a bunch of people ran around yelling, suddenly Rick was really old, then really weepy looking. We looked at eachother with an unspoken understanding that this shit was truly unbearable, and neither one of us has the will nor energy to put this much energy in to figuring out what is happening in a fictional show, turned on Family Guy reruns and fell asleep.

I'm just waiting for fans to lamely defend how deep and complex the show is without grasping that making things difficult to follow is actually just shitty writing.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last Post by Dave on Today at 06:30:28 PM »
Since that is part of my condition I can understand your concerns, Velma. I can only hope the medical people get it right for the both of you.

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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last Post by xSilverPhinx on Today at 06:21:29 PM »
So sorry to hear that, Velma. :( Hoping for the best.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last Post by Velma on Today at 06:12:16 PM »
Friday my husband was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Today (Monday) he was supposed to be admitted to the hospital for three days for IV furosemide, which is supposed to remove the fluid buildup in his body and ease the strain on his heart. His doctor did not write up the orders correctly, so he is in the emergency room getting his IV. No one knows if he will be admitted or not. I may have to go pick him up later. I'm not really sure how I feel at the moment.

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Parenting Beyond Belief / Re: Proud dad moment
« Last Post by xSilverPhinx on Today at 05:48:25 PM »
"Science, bitches!" :lol:
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Maybe the absurd atrocities done in his name?

Yes, I believe so. Googly Eyes reveal much.

(Do they mentioning anything about googly eyes in the Revelation? :notsure: If not, they should...)
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