“After a person I know told me a friend of his got a 6000 dollar judgement against them for downloading a song. I decided to quit pirating.”
AcunningDisguise on Feb 26, 2013 at 03:46:00
“I just stopped supporting media at all beyond the net.
I'm happy buying music from buskers and watching free content on the net.
The movie and music industries can go hang for all I care.”
aaronjfr on Feb 26, 2013 at 02:10:52
“They catch 1 person out of every 100,000 who do it and that is enough to scare people away. You literally have a better shot at dying from falling out of bed than you do getting caught illegally downloading songs.”
OhDidItGetInYourEye on Feb 26, 2013 at 02:09:25
“Not a bad idea...
You can corrupt and crumble an entire economy without penalty, but download some songs on the sly and you're goin' down!”
“I suppose when he drops dead from a heart attack or something his followers are going to feel awfully stupid. I also wonder why they have both the English and Spanish websites redirecting users to their YouTube channel? Clearly they are hiding something. I think that this is a dangerous cult and hopefully it doesn't end in a mass worldwide suicides of all his followers.”
“I am 5'6" and I weight 283 lbs. I am also on a few medications where weight gain is a side effect. I was never skinny to begin with but I am about 63 lbs heavier due to it. My psych asked me if I wanted to come off Seroquel to lose weight and try another pill for my bipolar. I told her no, I haven't been manic since being put on it over two years ago. I would rather be overweight than in a psych ward. I am actively trying to diet slowly but surely I will get the weight off. Being fat does not make me less than a person.”
bekahlyons on Jul 12, 2013 at 17:23:41
“Luckygirljen, The citizens in this country are on a staggering number of medications , one in five on psychiatric medication. There are other classes of pharm which can interfere with metabolism as well , cardiac , anti - convulsants etc. You , brilliantly expose what many Americans do not calculate when informing an opinion about another 's perceived size. I prescribe psychiatric medicines and know full well the trade offs regarding weight gain for patients. Clients who are actively treating medical conditions ( psychiatric being one) often must cope with side effects ,some debilitating.
American culture in general has become intolerant of what is not understood or different ,remain willfully ignorant , and go beyond bias to the point of bigotry . A person 's body image and personal biological well being should not be on the public chopping block for sentencing. The instigation , promotion ,profiting, and reveling in hauling out the hides for public critique and judgement is the opposite of Liberty. This is true no matter causation to why one person's BMI is different than another.
Diabetes, and Cancer are illnesses ,and Manic Depression is equally an illness. No person plans and chooses to become a Diabetic in their -teens ,nor have their genes mutate ,much less brain chemistry altered. I contend that the explosion of Type II Diabetes is related to a few factors the key one being increased use of medications . Recognizing an illness, accepting the realities of said illness, aggressively treating said illness ,and practicing compliance with treatment should be championed as the height of responsible citizenry and to self. Instead , it is labeled as "look at how big he or she is getting ." Words are then assigned like sloth, lazy , indulgent, etc.
Sadly , the reality is many who struggle with mental illness often are not compliant with medication regiments specifically related to weight gain ,self esteem and ridicule. This non -compliance in a bipolar client can and often does lead to self injury and even death . The difficulties involved in finding the correct cocktail that matches a clients profile are immense . No sooner than identifying one the efficacy will begin to wain and a new regimen must be indicated. The titration involved leads to weight issues as well.
I commend you on loving yourself ,being a good member of society , and being compliant with treatment . No doubt your body is also a shining example of that pure beauty which is acceptance ,pride ,love and respect of self .
kirbir on Jul 12, 2013 at 08:39:50
“You go girl! I have a few chronic illnesses including a type of autoimmune arthritis I've had since I was five. Recently I did a two year stint on steroids. I was chubby to begin with, but I gained about 60 pounds in that time period. I was devastated and slumped into a terrible depression because society teaches that if you're overweight you have no worth. It took me a while of working through it, and the help of wonderful people like Brittany, but I'm okay with my body. I'm losing weight, but not overextending myself to do so. Overweight and happy with life is much better than my alternatives right now would be too.”
“Not only was it wrong. It is in poor taste. I bet if someone dressed up like a Jewish person ( the stereotypical view) He would have been all over that person. Racism is wrong. He should have known better.”
“You firing that man because he was a Mormon is no different if someone firing you because you are gay. If someone wants to have equal rights you need to treat others the same way. Was he rude? Maybe, but if he is from another generation he is going to have different way at looking at things.”
SeanSean on Jul 3, 2012 at 15:12:29
“Honestly, the way people perceive stories as run through their own filters is astonishing and curious, and also a bit sad.
luckygirljen, perhaps you'd like to read the very last line again. Dick was not merely "rude". The misogyny and homophobia inherent in his LAST statement got him fired, not his religion.
This is all very clear in the article.”
Posthuman on Jul 3, 2012 at 10:33:56
“He was not fired because he was Mormon. She was willing to look past that, even though it was a clear warning sign. She was rewarded for her tolerance not by having tolerance paid back in kind, but with rude remarks about her parenting and her marriage.
Religion does not give you carte blanche to insult people, especially your employers.”
Doug Watt on Jul 3, 2012 at 02:59:15
“He has no business telling Cheryl how she should raise her children. He was there as a handyman, all of his discussions should have been job related.”