“I'd say the person comparing a breach of security to grandmother hugs is probably a little more out of touch.”
AgentOfReason on May 6, 2013 at 15:37:42
“That's how delusion works, seeing your own view as the normal one. However, you see in real life, fans hop the stage at concerts all the time in a simple effort to touch and/or hug the object of their adoration. I guess you've never been to one. Beiber was no more under "attack" than a teddy bear is when being held by a little girl. ”
“Yes, because grandchildren being hugged by their grandma is EXACTLY THE SAME as a complete stranger running on stage during a live performance without permission or authorization. You sure are spot on. What an insightful comment.”
AgentOfReason on May 6, 2013 at 15:27:36
“Yes, I'm sure the intention of the ticket paying FAN was to kill Beiber. After all, fans jumping the stage have rarely happened before, and always ends in tragedy right? Tell, me, which of our comments was more inane?”
Mar 11, 2013 at 11:25:51
“Speaking as a Millenial, yes, there IS something wrong with McDonald's. At least that's what we were told growing up. Our generation was told, 'get an education, lest you wind up working some nightmare job. You don't want to end up working at McDonald's for the rest of your life!!! The horror!!!'
So we went out, we got an education, we racked up tens of thousands of dollars of debt doing so, and now we're being told, 'well, there's no jobs. Go work at McDonald's! What?! You think you're too GOOD for McDonald's! The nerve! You're so entitled!'
It is beyond frustrating.”
gkhuff on Mar 11, 2013 at 12:16:23
“Let's get one thing straight, everyone is too good for McDonalds, how it is still in business just proves how careless, desperate and ignorant we are when it comes to what we shovel into the holes we call mouths. We have science to back up that this is less a food service then it is more a company which poisons people with garbage masquerading as food.
What's beyond frustrating is people who can't see what the real problems with which we are facing. Fast food, poor health and obesity run rampant and cripple our healthcare. But let's keep defending the companies which brainwash our nation into thinking its okay.
“Dude. There is a statistical formula that is used once you plug in population size, sample size, estimated response rate, confidence intervals, etc. that tells you what sample is required to be statistically significant. In this case it is about 1200.
Don't know where you figure all sample sizes must be over 1% of a population to be significant but it's clear you know nothing about statistics. Just stop.”
Molarii on Feb 26, 2013 at 14:01:40
Dude...you figure "200 people in Quebec" or "300 people in Ontario" is accurate polling and fair to other serious pollsters?!
“Oh get off your high horse. People in this thread are claiming these teachers have "crushed the students dreams" and "completely violated any trust they have in teachers or authority figures". Is that based on direct knowledge? Have they interviewed these children? Have they all spoken with therapists and crisis counselors?”
Escapedtocanada on Feb 22, 2013 at 13:40:41
“Well, I just don't think you really "get it" and I'll leave it at that.”
“I know that if the teachers had told students they were all getting a free trip when they weren't, they'd be in a lot more trouble and/or fired. As it is, the school board isn't even looking in to the matter further.”
Escapedtocanada on Feb 22, 2013 at 11:58:48
“And how do you "know" this? Are you on the the school board or have some inside information that the rest of us lack?”
“...you're the one who said that the child would secretly want to go on the trip while knowing their parents couldn't afford it. So obviously you believe the students are thinking of the cost and who's going to pay.
8th grade students are not kindergarteners. By that point they would know and understand how field trips work. I'm not disagreeing that this was a stupid move, you just made it seem like they stole a free trip from poor students. Which isn't true.”
tisapity on Feb 22, 2013 at 12:37:58
“No, they just stole a dream when most people, children included, only have dreams to keep them going. And they also hijacked the notion of respect for teachers from the parents, the children and clearly some of the public in general. Life is hard enough for most and my only hope is that people would think before they do or speak. Obviously it's something that would hurt, antagonize and create discord. Why do it? Who needs it?”
“While I agree this was despicable, I'm sure the school never said they would pay for the trip. Students are required to pay for their own field trips (with some subsidies for low-income students).”
tisapity on Feb 22, 2013 at 11:01:12
“Be that as it may, the children are certainly not thinking about the adult thought about who is going to pay. The only thing a child sees is a chance at a trip to Disney. Something any child and some adults get very excited about. This isn't a trip to the corner store after school for ice-cream. The notion of some of these comments that the children should have known it was a joke is ridiculous. Remember to think like a child and how they will react or perceive what they are told. Most parents try to instill in children that teachers should be listened to and respected. That is now out the window for this group. It's hard enough for teachers to get the respect from both children and parents that most deserve and the future teachers of this group have lost that edge.”
Jan 9, 2013 at 12:25:00
“Oh I understand why the police should care. Just not why it's getting so much attention. People go missing every day in Canada. Is it because this guy is a chef? Is he really that famous? I'm honestly confused.”
Duckster22 on Jan 9, 2013 at 23:36:13
“He didn't do this a few weeks ago. He did this once two years ago. Have a little compassion for what his wife and kids are going through.”
Seacreaturetoo on Jan 9, 2013 at 16:28:50
“Kind of suspecting that they might hope someone would see him and either phone police so they could talk with him or let him know that he is being looked for. It would be better if police didn't have to focus on whether or not he was missing by choice or missing due to not so good reasons.”
Jan 9, 2013 at 11:49:36
“If there is no foul play suspected, nor do they think he's in danger, why is this ALL over the media? Especially since he apparently did this before just a few weeks ago yet they don't ever mention WHY he did it before or how he returned? If he has some sort of mental disorder that causes him to do this, then that should be mentioned. But if this guy has a high stress job and marital problems, I really don't see how this is news?!”
cartach on Jan 10, 2013 at 00:04:50
“The guy is an alcoholic. Things like this happen to alcoholics who go back drinking. No mystery,end of story for now and wait for outcome in the next installment.”
AxlTheDog on Jan 9, 2013 at 13:51:20
“I read this in another article: "This isn’t the first time Gushue has gone missing. He vanished for several days two years ago, his family said, but has not disappeared since joining the Alcoholics Anonymous program. Until now.". He maybe fell off the wagon.”
christellar on Jan 9, 2013 at 12:28:10
“"I really don't see how this is news" says the person commenting on the news article ;)”
Little guy1967 on Jan 9, 2013 at 12:12:51
“Because if they are wrong and did nothing then the cops would be crucified in the media.”
Jan 2, 2013 at 16:38:48
“Glad to know you can see in to my future to know that I'd be capable of these things later in life. Can I get next weeks lottery numbers too?
I have zero regrets for how I've spent my money and I also have not suffered financially for it. I have a very low rate line of credit so my interest is reasonable. I also put off buying a newer car so I could pay off my trip. These are all choices I've made and suffered in no way for it. My education has led me to a very successful career. I've lead a very rewarding and exciting life, experienced new places and cultures, learned new languages and met amazing people. Whereas you sound like quite a miserable individual. I'll take my life (even with the slightly higher payments) any day.”
Jan 2, 2013 at 15:28:56
“First of all, you're being completely ridiculous about education. By "meaningful", I mean weighing your interests with what is actually going to make money and what jobs are available. And a business degree costs the same, no matter whether you turn it in to 6 figures or 5, so I don't know what you're getting at. It's still important to be educated, and going in to debt to do so is, in my opinion, justifiable.
And second of all, I never said spend beyond your means. I actually said to make sure you have a viable way to pay back what you spend. If I didn't have a decent salary with good job security I would definitely be hesitant to take on debt. But because I am fortunate to have those things, I do not feel bad in taking a month to backpack through Europe. To me, that experience is worth it.
To me, your extreme, black and white view that you should NEVER take on debt is short-sighted. It may work for you and that's fine, but don't make that judgement for others.”
Add In Canadia on Jan 2, 2013 at 16:16:18
“It's not that black and white, all you have to do is look around at people who put themselves into debt thinking it's a good thing, and see how many of them manage to claw themselves back out of it.
Bravo to those who did, but in the end they payed who knows how much on top of the original cost: 10%? 20%? 100%? 200%? That's the cost of instant gratification. The only ones who truly come out ahead are the people who loaned out the money in the first place. They'll get their money back one way or another, they have nothing to lose. It's just a testament to people who throw away their money, and in certain cases their lives.
You could have experienced the same thing with money you actually had slightly later in life, but it was something you had to experience right away. Your trip is just a testament to your own impatience.”
“Following through on the Justin Bieber example, it was YouTube. He was noticed by a few big names in the music industry who produced his album, promoted him. Ultimately it was his music and music videos that made him famous. Ellen DeGeneres also did a hell of a job promoting him.
Until recently he was pretty much out of the paparazzi spotlight, partly because he was under 18 and his mother insisted, but also because paparrazi tend not to give a rats behind about you UNTIL you're famous. When nobody knows you, why would they buy your photos? So no, they certainly did not make him famous.”
Jan 2, 2013 at 14:57:08
“While I appreciate your sentiment, I disagree that there is no such thing as positive debt. I think taking loans to go to school and getting a meaningful education is positive debt. I believe purchasing a home that you can pass on to your children could also be positive debt.
And for me, I have zero problem going in to debt so that I can travel and experience the world before I am tied down with a family and possibly unable to do things like paragliding in the Swiss Alps or bungee jumping in New Zealand or scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia (all things I've done). If you have a realistic plan to pay it back and the ability to sacrifice to ensure that you DO pay it back, there are smart ways to use debt.”
Add In Canadia on Jan 2, 2013 at 15:16:59
“"Meaningful" education is laughable at this point. I did my post-secondary but I did it within my means, I didn't throw myself into debt levels worth six figures in the high hopes of getting a job worth six figures. Sure some people can pull that off but let's be realistic about this, most people don't pull it off. They either don't complete it, or complete it but can't find employment due to lack of experience or intense competition in the field.
All this debt management is for the sake of living in the now at the cost of the future. That people have been told over and over "Don't worry about it, pay for it later" later comes eventually, and usually at the worst time possible.
So many people are sold on the high life when that same so many people live day by day because there's simply too many debts and bills to pay and no money to cover it. What kind of life is that to live? With being hungry all the time and the ever constant threat of being homeless.”
“Justin Bieber is a singer. His songs are all over the radio, he had movie, music videos, hundreds of tv appearances, magazine articles, authorized photographs, talk show appearances, etc. I hardly think it's the papparazzi photo of him eating a hotdog in the park that is making him famous. Stop being ridiculous. Famous people would remain famous even if every time they picked their nose there wasn't someone there to photograph it.”
Yes, there are many hard to reach chronic homeless individuals, but it's usually because of extreme mental health issues coupled with other wonderful issues such as drug/alcohol addicition, abuse, and poverty. And you judge because they can't just 'snap out of it' and re-integrate in to society? Walk a mile in this man's bare feet and then decide if this is something you would CHOOSE.”
Nov 15, 2012 at 12:36:54
“"I pay enough taxes".
I'm sure you feel you pay enough taxes (or even too much), but let's be honest, everyone does. I very rarely hear anyone say, "gosh, I don't pay nearly enough taxes!" Truth is though, Americans pay substantially lower taxes than most other Western countries, if not the lowest. So while no one loves tax increases, it certainly won't cause the end of days like you all seem to think it will.
Also, you don't like the way the government runs Medicare or welfare but are complaining that they're making the private sector handle Health Care? Well what DO you want then? The reason Obama is implementing the private sector model of health care is because there's no way Americans would go for a single payer Government run model (despite the fact that many other Western countries operate this quite successfully). Obama is leaving it to the private sector to deal with, but he IS mandating that employers have a responsibility to their employees, and I don't think that's bullying. My idea of bullying is threatening employees with their livelihood because some multi-millionare might have to take a hit to his bottom line. He might have to buy the discount caviar and he doesn't like it. I say tough. Everyone deserves affordable health care.”
“I think the fact that the GOP donors are angry that their money can't buy elections shows just how scary the system is.”
jmac44 on Nov 8, 2012 at 11:45:22
“The cash flushed down the Republican Campaign toilet.... wont be missed ... It was "petty cash" for most of these bozos..... they light cigars with this kind of money....
BUT.... when asked to put out ONE MORE DIME FOR THE COUNTRY THAT HAS BEEN SO GOOD TO THEM..... they whine..... they gather together to buy a spokesman to plead the case that they are being picked on...... that asking them to pay a "little" more will hurt their portfolio's.......
Robber Barons, the Uber Wealthy, the Careless.....the Attleson's, Frieze, Trump, Koch Boys.... the audience at the 47% fund raiser.....and every Politician that are part of the above elite group...Issa, McConnell, Cantor, Ryan, ....etc... all very very wealthy men.... thanks, in part, to their government jobs and power.... they have fought against the American citizens to protect their own pocketbooks....
It's time to be aware of their voting record.... and not let them hide behind the "Front" of the House of Congress....”