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The perpetrator will brag about it until caught, especially if a reward is offered.

posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 - 15:01

Any updates? It looks as if they have stopped searching. Was she found?

posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 13:34

And outside Boyd GSRC (which has a designated smoking area right next to the building, which is against policy, plus confusing signs that lead many people to believe the smoking area is right in front of the main doors).

posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 01:38

[quote][b]curiouscat[/b] - This goes way beyond protecting people from second hand smoke. Would someone be searched to find out if they are wearing a patch? Will they have checkpoints to search vehicles? Good grief!! Are signs going to be posted at the entrance of every campus road warning out of towners, etc., that they may be cited and fined. etc., etc., etc. etc......

They're not going to ban nicotine patches or gum so far as I can see, nor search vehicles. It's high schools, not colleges, that ban *possession* of tobacco.

posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 00:36

Quite a few people here seem to have missed the point. It's about other people's rights not to be exposed to an unpleasant and toxic substance. I, too, have some questions about enforcement and the planned scope (inside cars? really?). Past policy has been that UGA devotes very little police manpower to enforcing its smoking policies -- they are expected to be community expectations.

BTW, I'd like to see that diesel exhaust go away, too. Multiple wrongs do not make a right.

posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 22:42

[quote][b]Farmer GA[/b] -
Personally, I am against all prohibitions when the only one being harmed is one self.

Note that this is not that. Smoke annoys and harms people who do not want to be made to breathe it. If you want to smoke, do it somewhere where it doesn't affect me.

In fact, up to 1940 or so, this was considered basic etiquette. Somehow in the 1950s, smokers became superior and acquired the right to make everyone else breathe smoke. I'm glad that era is over.

posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 22:38

Also, they're not enforcing the policies they have now (about not smoking close to building entrances, under covered walkways, or where smoke gets into buildings) -- Boyd GSRC has all three of these problems. If they declare the campus smoke-free but don't enforce it, all they'll do is create confusion.

posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 01:14

Whether you smoke is your business. Whether you make me breathe smoke is my business. There are now a substantial number of people with health problems caused by secondhand smoke that they didn't want to be exposed to.

One practical concern, though. The campus is so big that I'm afraid illegal smoking areas will spring up and be annoying or even fire hazards. It might be better to have some designated smoking areas.

posted @ Monday, January 6, 2014 - 01:12

I agree with others who say there is probably more to the story.

posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 23:39

Fatz should sue him. He damaged their property and scared away their customers. I'm surprised he wasn't charged with criminal negligence or something.

posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 23:37

As Dr. Benedek is a linguist, I'm sure he will approve of my telling you that the correct grammar is: "...caused him and his wife to suffer." (Not "caused he and his wife to suffer." You wouldn't say "caused he to suffer.")

posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 23:35

I don't think either the police or the newspaper should announce that someone has been named as a suspect unless the police are actually pursuing charges. It would have a chilling effect on the ability of crime victims to name people they think might have done it, many of whom will be cleared. Criminal investigation is like that -- suspicion is not the same thing as accusation.

posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 00:06

I don't think it is proper to report that much about the suspect. Either name the suspect (if charges have been brought) or don't jeopardize an investigation in progress. It ought to be possible for a crime victim to name a suspect without having it publicized. After all, it's quite possible to be wrong, and we don't want to discourage victims from expressing *suspicion* to the police even if it turns out to be erroneous.

posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 00:01

Any chance of your publishing a picture of the bridge with the lights on and visible?

posted @ Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 08:35

Pastors need to address Christian behavior on the Internet. Too many churchgoers seem to think spreading malicious gossip and hoaxes is perfectly OK if it's on Facebook.

posted @ Friday, November 29, 2013 - 11:45

Latest word is that the phone call is believed to be a hoax and the man with a gun subsequently seen on campus was actually one of the officers responding.

posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 - 18:30

The Yale web site says the lockdown has been lifted and indicates that more information has been e-mailed to the Yale community.

posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 - 18:26

I'm not wanting to jump to conclusions and am not even sure this story should have comments turned on. But... it is very risky for a thief to hang onto the *whole* bag with all its contents, some of them traceable. A thief with his wits about him would take a few choice items (valuable and relatively less traceable) and ditch the rest (not keeping the traceable items). I suspect many of us have had this in mind, but I'm spelling it out for anyone who had not thought about it.

posted @ Monday, October 21, 2013 - 20:25

Heisenberg, you're right... now if you can invent a negative-calorie cola, you'll have something!

posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 16:09

Thank goodness a flight to Europe no longer means being cooped up for 8 hours with 200 chain-smokers.

posted @ Friday, September 20, 2013 - 12:08

[quote][b]Jaki[/b] - They also killed the family dog before taking the girl. Scumbags!

That is what tells me it probably wasn't an out-of-the-blue burglary -- they had some kind of prior connection and personal grudge.

To the brave and diligent officers who found her: WELL DONE!

posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 15:07

Howardroark: So do you have any scientific opinions on this, or just political ones?

posted @ Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 15:24

This would be a "prohibition" issue or libertarian issue if smoking only affected the smoker. But it has byproducts that infringe on other people's rights (secondhand smoke, trash to be picked up). Surely nonsmokers have some rights too!

posted @ Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 14:44

One more thing. Anyone who started smoking after about 1980 has never lived in a world where smoking was thought to be safe. They're smoking to show people that nobody can tell them anything. I consider smoking (in a young adult) a sign of low intelligence. A person who chooses to smell bad, be tied to an addiction, and shorten his lifespan is probably not the brightest bulb in the chandelier. Smoking might count against them on the job market or applying for graduate school.

posted @ Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 14:40

[quote][b]Howardroark[/b] - As a physician (MD) i deal with the tragic health effects of smoking daily. I wish it didn't exist. However as a public health expert (MPH) and scientist (PhD in Biostatistics and Epidemiology), I feel compelled to to denounce most of the commonly cited second hand smoke research to be the worst kind of "junk science". ...

That's your opinion, but most experts don't agree. A bigger point, though: Secondhand smoke smells bad and is irritating. A civilized person does not go around making other people breathe strong unpleasant smells. Who wants to stink? Why did stinking become socially acceptable?

posted @ Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 13:49

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