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TheParser
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 10:46:48 AM
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TMe wrote:
In legal world 'he' includes 'she'. Isn't it strange?



Interesting comment, TMe.

Thanks!
TheParser
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:07:42 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:

A bunch of politicians in ... Washington can't know ...




Wow!

You have just hit the nail on the head!

In the States, education has always been a LOCAL matter.

It has just become a federal (Washington, D.C.) matter since the 1960s.

Here in my city, "naughty" students were often suspended.

Then a few years ago, the federal government decided that those suspensions were "discriminatory." On pain of losing money, all LOCAL school districts were "asked" to stop suspensions.

Our city immediately stopped them.

Every year, our district boasts that suspensions are now almost non-existent.

The ordinary person probably thinks: "Wow! Isn't it great that all of our students are now so well-behaved?!"


Sarrriesfan
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:42:55 AM
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Romany wrote:

And re Police - it's the same in Australia, PNG & South Africa: even, believe it or not, in China.

Besides which, if cops went around 'sir-ing' and 'madam-ing' to some of the people they have to deal with it would merely be sarcastic and so completely worthless!

I think too, it has to do with the fact that we're brought up to believe people don't automatically deserve respect just because of the clothes they wear (uniforms) or how much money they have etc. They have to earn it.


Yes I think that is the reason, it's something you notice reading some of the things posted by British and Commonwealth posters compared to our American cousins.
When you understand the reason for this cultural difference perhaps it makes it easier to see where each other is coming from?

I lack the imagination for a witty signature.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:37:57 PM
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Sarrie - "When you understand the reason for this cultural difference perhaps it makes it easier to see where each other is coming from?" yes, that is indeed why I think discussion is so important in learning about the world around us.

And wow! Though he attributed the idea to Drago rather than I, I'm so pleased: this is the first time - ever - that Parsar has not only agreed with something I've said, but has actually endorsed it by saying it hit the nail on the head! As Drago said: we do agree in some things!! Hurrah!
almo 1
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:10:04 PM
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Officer and a Gentleman



Put your toes on that chalk line!
I said put your toes on the chalk line, you slimy worms!

I don't believe what I'm seeing.
Where you been all your lives, at an orgy?
Listening to Mick Jagger music and
bad-mouthing your country, I'll bet.

Stop eyeballing me. You're not worthy
to look your superiors in the eye.
Use your peripheral vision. Understand?

Yes, sir.

When I say "understand",
I want the whole group to say, "Yes, sir!"
Understand?

Yes, sir!


Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:21:28 PM

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I've never been able to understand the (reported) insistence in the American forces to have juniors scream "Sir, yes, sir" to any question or order.

When I have juniors (occasionally), I'd rather have them obey the order, not scream "Sir, yes sir" at me.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
almo 1
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:36:32 PM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:

I've never been able to understand the (reported) insistence in the American forces to have juniors scream "Sir, yes, sir" to any question or order.





That is a ritual thing, maybe.
Just like a fraternity initiation.
Or just a movie.


Fraternity Initiation



Romany
Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:24:40 AM
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Almo - I don't think too many of us understand the whole fraternity and initiation thing either, actually. Grown men and women taking part in things such as in the clip and what we see in movies also perplexes us.
almo 1
Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 4:01:45 AM
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Perplexing or hilarious:


forum.thefreedictionary.com/





Lotje1000
Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 4:50:54 AM

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almo 1 wrote:


Perplexing or hilarious:


forum.thefreedictionary.com/



What do your nose rings have to do with anything?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 5:27:11 AM

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almo 1 wrote:
Perplexing or hilarious:forum.thefreedictionary.com

Another totally non-sequitur referral to that topic.

WHY do you keep doing that? Think d'oh!

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Romany
Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 5:43:13 AM
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Lotje,

I have no idea why, but every so often Almo (or AFB as he used to be) likes to refer to my hair, tatts or nose-ring. I think it amuses him. He posted a pic once of an old lady in her eighties who has pink hair - not sure whether he thinks I'm in my '80s too, tho!

It used to puzzle me, but now I just accept that he finds it funny. And hey, I'm all about making people smile!Dancing
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 12:59:11 PM

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Hahahahhahahahahah....what an interesting family, in the guise of a forum.Applause Applause Applause Dancing Dancing Dancing Dancing







Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:28:41 AM
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Thanks, Mr. Joshi, for the illustration of that laughing man.

We all need some daily chuckles. (I love watching "Friends" as often as I can. It is SOOOOO funny!)

(There are many experts who feel that laughter has a positive physical effect.)


Have a nice day!
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