Well, okay, maybe that's a little extreme. You can't exactly criticize a fan when you payed $20 for it at a Kmart around 5 or 6 years ago. The darn thing was bound to have died at some point. It's not exactly like those box-fans are top of the line or anything. Still, it's annoying and rather inconvienant. It's enough that I actually went to walmart.com just to see if they had any 24-hour stores in the area because I want to go pick up a replacement and get it over with. If I don't get to it immediately, it'll just drag on and continue to irritate me. Unfortunately, no 24 hour walmarts seem to exist in this immediate area and I doubt that any of the other walmart-esque big boxmarts open before 9 either.
Hell, I'm not even sure exactly why I'm awake to begin with.
Well, it looks like the era of scoring 14 year old tail in canada is about to come to an end.
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) -- Seeking to crack down on sexual predators in the era of the Internet, Canada's government brought in legislation Thursday that would raise the legal age of consent for sex to 16 from an unusually young 14.
Justice Minister Vic Toews said changing the law will bring Canada's standards into line with those in several other countries, and he complained Canada's relatively low age of consent has attracted sexual criminals from more restrictive countries.
On one hand, it's almost a perfect solution to keep their age of consent artificially low. Over time as enforcement heats up in the US and other places, all the pedophiles would eventually migrate to canada. Just like the pilgrams of old they could trek to their new world of 'old enough to bleed, old enough for me' land in the great white north. It seems like it would have been a nice and elegant answer to the problem. If only the officials down here had capitalized and started sending our sexual predators across the border with the promise that their depravity was legal up there (as long as they stuck to 14 year olds anyway).
Of course, there are those who don't think the idea is a good one.
The federation, formerly Planned Parenthood, has said there is no evidence that raising the age of consent will improve protection for young people, and warned it may discourage young people from seeking out birth control options or other assistance.
Bah, admit your true motivations! After a long day of aborting fetuses and passing out birthcontrol, nothing really satisfies like a harem of nekkid tweens.
Still, not all is lost for those who are worried that this might signal the end of wild playground sex.
But the proposal, first outlined in April, will also allow youngsters to have consensual sex with people up to five years older or younger, even if that means one partner is aged 14 or 15.
Whew. It's nice to know that canadians will be able to retain their god-given right for 9 and 14 year olds to boink one another or 14 and 19 year olds to do the same. Still, the legislation hasn't passed yet, so here's your last chance to book a sex-tour to canada. Why travel all the way to thailand or something when you can just go north?
I was just thinking that it would be spiffy if we could have created ourselves like we create a character for dungeons and dragons. The classic stat-buy system so that everyone has the same amount of resources to start with and then they could allocate them as they chose. Just think of the advantages...you would be able to pick those traits that were most important to you. You could be smart, or likable, or healthy, or strong in whatever proportion you felt was best. Now, of course the catagories would have to expand beyond the 6 main attributes we have in DnD in order to touch all the basis. There might be slots for wealth or for physical attributes, and a catchall under 'luck' as well.
Just think of the advantages. For one, people would really be equal in a fundamental way. No one would be slighted in one category without a compensatory increase in others. If you saw someone on the street with no legs, you could be sure that they had plenty of other skills or abilities to make up for it. Likewise, if you bumped into someone who had a mind like albert einstein, you could be relatively sure that he was a 90-pound weakling, would fall over trying to skip, or had some other deficit. It would be one way to reach that goal of different but equal that's often so plagued society.
I wonder if I should send the Pope a copy of the PHB and see if he can broach the idea with God.