Why ??!!...The whinging,moaning,complaining,ranting,letting off steam thread !!

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    I'm sorry but the defence that Venables and Thompson were only children themselves is bulls#*t. They were both old enough to know the difference between right and wrong and to know what they were doing was wrong. America's got the right idea on this one, life means life.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    cooperman2 wrote: »
    I'm sorry but the defence that Venables and Thompson were only children themselves is bulls#*t. They were both old enough to know the difference between right and wrong and to know what they were doing was wrong. America's got the right idea on this one, life means life.

    How do you know they were old enough to know right from wrong? Did you raise them? Were they in school with you? It's easy to judge from the outside. I can tell you my 5 year old doesn't have a clue, and allthough he's usually slightly ahead of his peers, I'm not so sure he fully comprehends all these things in another 5 years time.

    I'm not saying the kid isn't a danger to anyone, I just don't know. I leave that to those close around him, especially mental health workers. But claiming a 10 year old can be tried as an adult is absurd. Why not let them drive, drink, and while you're at it, give them access to guns as well. Seems only fair, if they're seen as adults.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    @CommanderRoss

    Don't forget those ten-year olds should then also be allowed to vote in general elections. And to be drafted into the army if some cannon fodder is required. Or be ordered to work in a factory for a pittance, as it never hurt former generations of children, did it? And engage in binding contracts (including those ruining their finances) for anything without their parents having a say in that. And so on. And why not start with six- or seven-year olds? Or even younger? Haven't there been cases where a, say, three-year old shot a younger sibling with their father's gun lying around somewhere in the U.S.? They must have known that using a gun was deadly. I demand equal treatment in the form of putting toddlers into jail for the rest of their lives for something like that. Or, come to think of it, capital punishment?

    Well, I guess I'm growing too cynical about this matter. Anyway, there are ways of dealing with less-than-14 year-olds without throwing them into the general slammer for life. AFAIK, Venables at least never killed anyone later on although he obviously and repeatedly distributed child pornography. But he can be tried for that separately, instead of reverting to advocating that he should have been put on a life sentence without parole (or worse) for what he did as a ten-year old.

    PS: No person under 14 can be tried for a criminal offence in Germany. And persons from 14 to 18 (and persons between 18 and 21 whom the court considers no more mature than being 18) can only be sentenced to a maximum term of 10 years, even if they committed mass murder. And society's general consensus is that this is ok.
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    I like my working condition and my employer, it's the best I've had in years. But I am getting increasingly frustrated about the project I'm on and it's been fruitless so far. I'm getting worried about my employment and we're pretty much in a recession now. So that kinda sucks.
  • LucknFateLucknFate 007 In New York
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    Some members of my favorite forum get upset any time I upload an image of a black man. That's annoying.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    LucknFate wrote: »
    Some members of my favorite forum get upset any time I upload an image of a black man. That's annoying.

    Well, maybe the Bond girl's friday isn't the right place to do so? ;-)
  • LucknFateLucknFate 007 In New York
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    LucknFate wrote: »
    Some members of my favorite forum get upset any time I upload an image of a black man. That's annoying.

    Well, maybe the Bond girl's friday isn't the right place to do so? ;-)

    Nobody does it for me like Baron Samedi
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    LucknFate wrote: »
    LucknFate wrote: »
    Some members of my favorite forum get upset any time I upload an image of a black man. That's annoying.

    Well, maybe the Bond girl's friday isn't the right place to do so? ;-)

    Nobody does it for me like Baron Samedi

    Well, fridays and saturdays just don't match.. He was, after all, a sunday's child.
  • edited September 2023 Posts: 12,249
    I feel like a real dummy right now. Ordered tickets for a movie for TODAY instead of tomorrow like I was supposed to, only finding out too late of course and thus being down an extra $15 X'( first time I've ever made such a mistake haha
  • LucknFateLucknFate 007 In New York
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    FoxRox wrote: »
    I feel like a real dummy right now. Ordered tickets for a movie for TODAY instead of tomorrow like I was supposed to, only finding out too late of course and thus being down an extra $15 X'( first time I've ever made such a mistake haha

    It has happened to us all. Be thankful it wasnt a flight or a Disney excursion.
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
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    I've worked at home since the first lockdown in March 2020. Got badgered to do a day's work in the office last week - and caught covid on the commute... Symptoms didn't show for three days, so I've inadvertently passed it to my girlfriend and that means she can't go to next week's appointment with the hospital consultant that she's been waiting for since last January. Worraworld, man...
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    LucknFate wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    I feel like a real dummy right now. Ordered tickets for a movie for TODAY instead of tomorrow like I was supposed to, only finding out too late of course and thus being down an extra $15 X'( first time I've ever made such a mistake haha

    It has happened to us all. Be thankful it wasnt a flight or a Disney excursion.

    Oh yes, did that with 5 seats on a flight trying to get Ukrainian refugees out of Romania last year. That did break me. Thankfully the airline (and one of the refugees) helped out. In the end they had places to sleep and flew out a couple of days later. But hell, finding that out whilst in line at the check-in.... Will never forget that one.
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    Cattrall nearly was on Lockrbi flight xmas '88
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    Woke up with a horrible stomachache today, so I had to call in for my work shift. There’s a lot of frustration and stress I have concerning this matter. First of all, it just sucks having to feel the discomfort of any kind of sickness. Second, I feel bad and annoyed for having to leave others in my department with more work while I myself am losing out on money. But also, the fact that I feel my workplace, and I’m sure countless other ones, have too strict of guidelines for attendance. I understand wanting to have employees come in pretty regularly, but I definitely feel like there’s not enough fair breathing room for sick days before people are eligible to be fired. I hope to find a job someday where this is less of a concern.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    FoxRox wrote: »
    Woke up with a horrible stomachache today, so I had to call in for my work shift. There’s a lot of frustration and stress I have concerning this matter. First of all, it just sucks having to feel the discomfort of any kind of sickness. Second, I feel bad and annoyed for having to leave others in my department with more work while I myself am losing out on money. But also, the fact that I feel my workplace, and I’m sure countless other ones, have too strict of guidelines for attendance. I understand wanting to have employees come in pretty regularly, but I definitely feel like there’s not enough fair breathing room for sick days before people are eligible to be fired. I hope to find a job someday where this is less of a concern.

    My sympathy, and I wish you a quick recovery...but this is a predicament that Europeans don't have (except for the ache itself). You keep getting paid while you're sick, in Germany for up to six weeks based on the same ailment, and after that the health insurance will pay half of your last wages. And if you get sick during your typically six weeks of paid vacation, the employer even has to grant another day of vacation for every sick day. And you also can't be fired for being sick and while you're sick.
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    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Woke up with a horrible stomachache today, so I had to call in for my work shift. There’s a lot of frustration and stress I have concerning this matter. First of all, it just sucks having to feel the discomfort of any kind of sickness. Second, I feel bad and annoyed for having to leave others in my department with more work while I myself am losing out on money. But also, the fact that I feel my workplace, and I’m sure countless other ones, have too strict of guidelines for attendance. I understand wanting to have employees come in pretty regularly, but I definitely feel like there’s not enough fair breathing room for sick days before people are eligible to be fired. I hope to find a job someday where this is less of a concern.

    My sympathy, and I wish you a quick recovery...but this is a predicament that Europeans don't have (except for the ache itself). You keep getting paid while you're sick, in Germany for up to six weeks based on the same ailment, and after that the health insurance will pay half of your last wages. And if you get sick during your typically six weeks of paid vacation, the employer even has to grant another day of vacation for every sick day. And you also can't be fired for being sick and while you're sick.

    Thank you - I’m doing better today, still some occasional pains. I sure wish that kind of thing was universal. I know employers in America are all about squeezing the maximum amount of dollars, but I’m positive worker morale and productivity would skyrocket if we had these kind of things.
  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    FoxRox wrote: »
    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Woke up with a horrible stomachache today, so I had to call in for my work shift. There’s a lot of frustration and stress I have concerning this matter. First of all, it just sucks having to feel the discomfort of any kind of sickness. Second, I feel bad and annoyed for having to leave others in my department with more work while I myself am losing out on money. But also, the fact that I feel my workplace, and I’m sure countless other ones, have too strict of guidelines for attendance. I understand wanting to have employees come in pretty regularly, but I definitely feel like there’s not enough fair breathing room for sick days before people are eligible to be fired. I hope to find a job someday where this is less of a concern.

    My sympathy, and I wish you a quick recovery...but this is a predicament that Europeans don't have (except for the ache itself). You keep getting paid while you're sick, in Germany for up to six weeks based on the same ailment, and after that the health insurance will pay half of your last wages. And if you get sick during your typically six weeks of paid vacation, the employer even has to grant another day of vacation for every sick day. And you also can't be fired for being sick and while you're sick.

    Thank you - I’m doing better today, still some occasional pains. I sure wish that kind of thing was universal. I know employers in America are all about squeezing the maximum amount of dollars, but I’m positive worker morale and productivity would skyrocket if we had these kind of things.

    Not all employers in America, c'mon.
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    echo wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Woke up with a horrible stomachache today, so I had to call in for my work shift. There’s a lot of frustration and stress I have concerning this matter. First of all, it just sucks having to feel the discomfort of any kind of sickness. Second, I feel bad and annoyed for having to leave others in my department with more work while I myself am losing out on money. But also, the fact that I feel my workplace, and I’m sure countless other ones, have too strict of guidelines for attendance. I understand wanting to have employees come in pretty regularly, but I definitely feel like there’s not enough fair breathing room for sick days before people are eligible to be fired. I hope to find a job someday where this is less of a concern.

    My sympathy, and I wish you a quick recovery...but this is a predicament that Europeans don't have (except for the ache itself). You keep getting paid while you're sick, in Germany for up to six weeks based on the same ailment, and after that the health insurance will pay half of your last wages. And if you get sick during your typically six weeks of paid vacation, the employer even has to grant another day of vacation for every sick day. And you also can't be fired for being sick and while you're sick.

    Thank you - I’m doing better today, still some occasional pains. I sure wish that kind of thing was universal. I know employers in America are all about squeezing the maximum amount of dollars, but I’m positive worker morale and productivity would skyrocket if we had these kind of things.

    Not all employers in America, c'mon.

    Well, all the ones in my life so far, at least :P
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    FoxRox wrote: »
    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Woke up with a horrible stomachache today, so I had to call in for my work shift. There’s a lot of frustration and stress I have concerning this matter. First of all, it just sucks having to feel the discomfort of any kind of sickness. Second, I feel bad and annoyed for having to leave others in my department with more work while I myself am losing out on money. But also, the fact that I feel my workplace, and I’m sure countless other ones, have too strict of guidelines for attendance. I understand wanting to have employees come in pretty regularly, but I definitely feel like there’s not enough fair breathing room for sick days before people are eligible to be fired. I hope to find a job someday where this is less of a concern.

    My sympathy, and I wish you a quick recovery...but this is a predicament that Europeans don't have (except for the ache itself). You keep getting paid while you're sick, in Germany for up to six weeks based on the same ailment, and after that the health insurance will pay half of your last wages. And if you get sick during your typically six weeks of paid vacation, the employer even has to grant another day of vacation for every sick day. And you also can't be fired for being sick and while you're sick.

    Thank you - I’m doing better today, still some occasional pains. I sure wish that kind of thing was universal. I know employers in America are all about squeezing the maximum amount of dollars, but I’m positive worker morale and productivity would skyrocket if we had these kind of things.

    Well, not trying to change the world here, I'm glad you're doing better today at least.
  • edited October 2023 Posts: 6,799
    Am gutted at Irelands World Cup defeat to New Zealand. We came so close! They were tremendous and the final few minutes nearly gave me heart failure! I admit have only been a Rugby fan from watching the Six Nations the last couple of years, but I really thought this team was going all the way. So sad for Johnny Sexton, absolute legend! The team did our Country proud!
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    We worked months to get a new boardgame ready in time for SPIEL (the biggest boardgame fair in the world) in Essen, Germany. Then my wife (who did all the deesign stuff) got ill, then the van was cancelled last moment (thank diety I managed to reverse that) and my brother stepped in to help. Then we found out we failed to subscribe to the novelties show, we completely missed it because it was in my wife's e-mail and she was too ill to do anything. We even managed to correct that the very, very last moment, but we still don't have a website, and the kickstarter only got online two days into the show. Then I got ill myself, losing my voice whilst trying to explain people the mechanics of the game.... got so ill in the evening I wouldn't even eat but just fell asleep as soon as I got into the apartment we rented. My brother did a fantastic job, helping out everywhere whilst I could only drive us there and back and talk to some traders etc. So I found out basically we have an amazing game, but, as a Brit said it, you got all the right ingredients but you don't know how to cook. We got back last sunday and only now am I properly recovering. And, unlike @j_w_pepper I've got my own company, which means no work - no money. So I'll get back to my consultancy work tomorrow, but I missed out on two weeks income just at the moment we're putting all our money in the game.
    And now the kickstarter isn't doing much, so we'll probably have to pull the plug on it and start over again.
    I never knew it was this much work. I'm exhausted, but I still want to make it work.
    Oh well. we won't falter, it's for a good cause. If you want to see the project, it's over here:
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/312774031/fighter-alley-the-ghost-of-kyiv-special-edition?ref=discovery_category_newest
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    We worked months to get a new boardgame ready in time for SPIEL (the biggest boardgame fair in the world) in Essen, Germany. Then my wife (who did all the deesign stuff) got ill, then the van was cancelled last moment (thank diety I managed to reverse that) and my brother stepped in to help. Then we found out we failed to subscribe to the novelties show, we completely missed it because it was in my wife's e-mail and she was too ill to do anything. We even managed to correct that the very, very last moment, but we still don't have a website, and the kickstarter only got online two days into the show. Then I got ill myself, losing my voice whilst trying to explain people the mechanics of the game.... got so ill in the evening I wouldn't even eat but just fell asleep as soon as I got into the apartment we rented. My brother did a fantastic job, helping out everywhere whilst I could only drive us there and back and talk to some traders etc. So I found out basically we have an amazing game, but, as a Brit said it, you got all the right ingredients but you don't know how to cook. We got back last sunday and only now am I properly recovering. And, unlike @j_w_pepper I've got my own company, which means no work - no money. So I'll get back to my consultancy work tomorrow, but I missed out on two weeks income just at the moment we're putting all our money in the game.
    And now the kickstarter isn't doing much, so we'll probably have to pull the plug on it and start over again.
    I never knew it was this much work. I'm exhausted, but I still want to make it work.
    Oh well. we won't falter, it's for a good cause. If you want to see the project, it's over here:
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/312774031/fighter-alley-the-ghost-of-kyiv-special-edition?ref=discovery_category_newest

    It's awesome that you're making a board game! I've always been super intrigued by this sort of thing. Definitely checking out your kickstarter!
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    And, unlike @j_w_pepper I've got my own company, which means no work - no money.
    Just to get this a bit more straight: Since 2001, I used to be a partner in a small law firm, and that also meant no work - no money. It's just that I retired at the end of 2021 and all I get now on a regular basis is a decent but unexciting pension. Plus my wife is 6 1/2 years younger and (much to her dislike) still has a few years until retirement - and a well-paid job.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
    Posts: 7,962
    We worked months to get a new boardgame ready in time for SPIEL (the biggest boardgame fair in the world) in Essen, Germany. Then my wife (who did all the deesign stuff) got ill, then the van was cancelled last moment (thank diety I managed to reverse that) and my brother stepped in to help. Then we found out we failed to subscribe to the novelties show, we completely missed it because it was in my wife's e-mail and she was too ill to do anything. We even managed to correct that the very, very last moment, but we still don't have a website, and the kickstarter only got online two days into the show. Then I got ill myself, losing my voice whilst trying to explain people the mechanics of the game.... got so ill in the evening I wouldn't even eat but just fell asleep as soon as I got into the apartment we rented. My brother did a fantastic job, helping out everywhere whilst I could only drive us there and back and talk to some traders etc. So I found out basically we have an amazing game, but, as a Brit said it, you got all the right ingredients but you don't know how to cook. We got back last sunday and only now am I properly recovering. And, unlike @j_w_pepper I've got my own company, which means no work - no money. So I'll get back to my consultancy work tomorrow, but I missed out on two weeks income just at the moment we're putting all our money in the game.
    And now the kickstarter isn't doing much, so we'll probably have to pull the plug on it and start over again.
    I never knew it was this much work. I'm exhausted, but I still want to make it work.
    Oh well. we won't falter, it's for a good cause. If you want to see the project, it's over here:
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/312774031/fighter-alley-the-ghost-of-kyiv-special-edition?ref=discovery_category_newest

    It's awesome that you're making a board game! I've always been super intrigued by this sort of thing. Definitely checking out your kickstarter!

    Thanks! we've really got raving reviews, which is really invigorating after such long and heavy days. We're improving the game now on the basis of the experience in Essen, and I think we've got a very good finished product then. All that's left is bringing it to the market. We're learning... ;-)
    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    And, unlike @j_w_pepper I've got my own company, which means no work - no money.
    Just to get this a bit more straight: Since 2001, I used to be a partner in a small law firm, and that also meant no work - no money. It's just that I retired at the end of 2021 and all I get now on a regular basis is a decent but unexciting pension. Plus my wife is 6 1/2 years younger and (much to her dislike) still has a few years until retirement - and a well-paid job.

    Oh I didn't mean it in a bad way, it was my own choice after years of beeing an employee and having similar benefits. I'll be happy to get an 'unexciting pension' when the day comes. But for now we're putting everything on the line to make these two companies grow. It's fun, but also exhausting at times. And I was a little exhausted when I wrote all that ;-)
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    @j_w_pepper. A kept man, if i can say that.

    And my dream.

  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    It's great being envied, somehow...
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    It's great being envied, somehow...

    As a failed lawyer, it could always have been worse. At least you made it into legal practice, unlike me.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Born on the bayou. I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'.
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    It's great being envied, somehow...

    As a failed lawyer, it could always have been worse. At least you made it into legal practice, unlike me.

    Oh well, I always thought that being a lawyer was the least of evils available to me. I had to make a living somehow. But then I always only worked for living, instead of living for work. And now that finances seemed to add up enough (when turning 65) for not having to work any more, I'm fine with that. While my former law partner, at the age of 83, still feels he has to continue with his clients. He says it will finally be over by the end of this year, but I wouldn't place bets on it. Just not my cup of tea. Life is for living.
  • edited October 2023 Posts: 9,767
    Why is it the jobs i want to become perm never do and the jobs i dont want i last longer at then the jobs i do….

    Now mind you even though i got offered and will accept the role in job B… the fact that i love my current job so much (even though it’s temporary and no benefits) i am almost heartbroken about leaving my current job….


    On Friday I am told i will know if i got the full time position at my current job but yeah nervous and upset is my current feelings
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    I know I am younger than most of you, but the body is starting to break down. I think I have been to some kind of doctor's office in 6 out of the last 8 weeks. The newest thing is backpain. My doctor assures my that it's only muscular and will pass with warmth and careful movement and then kept at bay with appropriate exercise, but I am quite fearful that this is the start of a chronic problem.
    And all of that while I had originally planned to take competitive sport more seriously. I have started fencing as an adult beginner two years ago and actually wanted to give it a good go this season. One of my coaches is over-60s World and European Champion and while World Champion not really a realistic goal for me, it's pretty cool and inspiring to have a robust competition structure for older athletes. Since the start of summer preparations, I have twisted my ankle (still not fully healed out..), had two different colds, had to undergo two different tooth treatments, a bike accident and now the back situation. It's really, really frustrating.
    The underlying issue though is that while I am telling myself that I want to take the sport seriously, I am still overweight. And I can't seem to get the weight down, because I can't seem to get out of my own head and just stick to a regular, healthy diet instead of "rewarding myself" every three days...

    Anyway, that's my monthly moan. The back is ok enough that I can get back to work and hopefully back to training next week. We'll see..
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