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created on 07/17/2011  |  http://fubar.com/talk-nerdy-to-me/b342402  |  17 followers

Tipping should have never come to be the actual wage for the server. Everyone here thinks servers should get 20% no matter what, so why not just give them a steady wage and up the prices for food? We're already tacking on an "automatic" three, eight, sixteen bucks for tip at the end of the meal. We're already going in expecting to pay more. Just have it come on the bill then. People can still tip you additionally for awesome service, only then it's actually what it's meant to be...a tip...not a wage. I've never tipped poorly for food coming out wrong or having a personal bad day, but no, I don't agree with giving them twenty percent or more if they were crappy at their job. Other minimum wage jobs can be just as demanding, only they're working for a maximum of what...around sixty-four dollars for EIGHT hours of work instead of the typical four to six on any given shift for a waiter or waitress? You do a piss poor job at work for Macy's for minimum wage, and you get fired or fewer hours. That's quite a dock in pay. It's not fair if my bad day ruins someone else's experience some place. I don't agree with poorly tipping good servers or being cheap for no reason. Have the restaurants pay a steady wage and make the tip what it was supposed to be, an extra incentive and courtesy...not an automatic pay to fill in the gap.

They just think differently than the average person.. They don't feel as if they fit in with average people all that well. While the average person thinks about what they're going to do that weekend, they're day dreaming about what the future of society will look like. While the average person wonders what they will eat for lunch, they wonder if the foods we consume today existed in the dinosaur days.. Did they have different fruits in that time.. What kind of plants existed.. How did they evolve.. Does what we eat when we're in the womb effect the way we look as a baby lol.. While their thoughts are different, they relate less to regular people. They just can't relate well and would be more social if they found people more like minded.

Simply put, the restaurant business is getting away with murder. They place the burden of pay upon the customer rather than taking it on themselves, resulting in cheap labor and lower food prices. While it seems like everyone wins, in reality, the customer pays more money than necessary, the restaurant doesn't have to pay their employees fairly, and servers are to EXPECT gratuity or tips. This is corruption and manipulation on a surprisingly large scale.

This is why all arguments about how one should tip is flawed, because it is accepting the manipulation of both customers and servers into a ridiculous agreement. Restaurants see motivated servers earn extra money from the patrons, lower the wages of the servers, then claim the rest will (might) be earned through tips. This creates an unknown variable in the servers pay, as on one hand, the servers performance dictates whether or not they receive a tip, and on the other, the price of the food ordered dictates how much tip they should receive.Overall, the social stigma of not tipping and the reliance on tips to make a livable income essentially force restaurant patrons to tip and leave them with the choice of "How much to tip" rather than "Whether or not to tip".

If this type of system were placed into other jobs, it would be more obvious. Imagine be forced to tip the car mechanic, the computer technician, the cashier, the janitor, or any of the thousands of service based jobs that don't have the same payment type.

Then there is the fact that many restaurants have their servers do the cleaning and preparation of the restaurant while only making $2.13/hour. When are they making tips during the 2-3 hours of opening and closing time? How about the down time when the restaurant is slow or dead? There are only a few busy times of the day when a server actually makes decent money from tips, otherwise they are making an unlivable income.If tipping is the customer providing payment based on service satisfaction, why would that tip be shared with the likes of bussers and hosts? They have little to no interaction with the customer. Or how about the managers? There are many restaurants that mandate that the managers (who get paid fine) to have a share in the tips just because they were involved in the customer interaction.

Reason , they are bored. They fully understand what other people talk about, but just don’t care about it, and know that no one around them will understand anything they are interested in talking about.

To paraphrase, stupid people talk about people, average people talk about events, smart people talk about ideas.

I run into this all the time in social situations, people want to talk about someone and I just don’t care, its a waste of my time. Events ill talk some, but I get bored there too. Ideas, theories, science etc… that’s where I will start talking and stay talking. To me, conversation is an exchange of knowledge and ideas, if you have nothing I’m interested in hearing, and cant understand anything I want to talk about… Why would I want to talk to you.

So really, its not so much that smart people have poor social skills, its that we have nothing in common with the majority of people, and therefore nothing to talk about.

You are informative. You are logical. You know what you are talking about. You can easily spot fallacies in debates and counter them effectively. Be it with your content or with your oratory, you hold the conversation or win the debate. That’s great!

Except, people don’t like it.

They don’t like their beliefs to be questioned, their reasoning to be invalidated, and their choices to be proven wrong. Sure, you might be focusing on the content and enjoy intellectual stimulation, but you’d be amazed to know how quickly people get personal. To their ears, you are just an arrogant brat trying to prove everyone stupid.

 

“No one likes a know-it-all,” as the saying goes. So, we generally have to hide our intelligence or develop charm and humor so we don’t seem as threatening.

 

The "worst part" of being smart for me is getting bored when I'm around other people. I like people, and I enjoy being with them...But......especially when you get a bunch of people together, it seems like everyone gets dumber. The possible conversation topics drop in numbers until there's only two types of conversation to have, because those are the only things the group has in common. It wouldn't be so bad if I hadn't heard the same conversation a million times.



In fact outside of the Bible’s stories there is no record anywhere in history of this enslavement. No archaeological evidence was ever found. Thousands of people wandering through the desert for 40 years? You’re going to leave something behind. They didn't because it never happened. 

The Egyptians left no record of it and the fact that most of the construction in Egypt was done by free Egyptians is a matter of archaeological fact.

The fact that not a single artifact has been found that could be definitely linked to the biblical Exodus.  If the parting sea, the burning bush, the plaques did happen they appear to have left no traces.  There is NO way to confirm even, that the Israelites WERE slaves in Egypt.  There is only one source for the story of enslavement or the Exodus: The Bible.
For many scholars, the silence of the Egyptians sources is telling.  I personally would want two or three separate sources before I will believe what any ONE source says.  And frankly, there is NO Egyptian written texts saying anything about the Exodus.  

 The pyramids were not even built in the right time period, being 800 to 2,000 years older than the supposed exodus.It wasn't until almost 2,000 years after the Great Pyramid received its capstone that the earliest known record shows evidence of Jews in Egypt I have deciphered many egyptian hieroglyphics. The pyramids were in fact built by egyptian workers. They were highly paid and treated very well. Pyramid work was considered by many to be a tradition followed by next generations. Often pyramid foremen would offer bonuses for speedy work and excellent craftsmanship and groups of workers would hold friendly competitions over who could complete more by the end of the work day and receive extra pay or gifts upon winning. There is EVIDENCE of such things. There is NO ANTHROPOLOGICAL EVIDENCE supporting jewish slavery or even the presence of Jewish or anyone other than egyptians working on pyramids. Such a massive number of people, material goods and livestock would have left a large amount of evidence, and yet over a century of modern archaeology has turned up nothing indicating an exodus of this size, or even of a much smaller size. "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" is a true statement in many cases, but not something of this scale. Here, absence of evidence really does indicate that the story, interesting as it is, is a fiction. The argument about what we consider to be a jewish person noe or then is semantics and irrelevant. For thousands of years egypt primarily kept its boarders closed to outsiders. They painted the faces of bordering rivals (the nubians and thr greeks for example) on the bottom of their shoes as a sign of superiority. The idea that they would allow foreigners to work on something so sacred is preposterous. Also it was rare for egyptians to have slaves in general. Some criminals were used for undesirable work until their debt or sentence was paid but even that was uncommon. The fact is that the Egyptians NEVER owned any slaves. No one worked of the pyamids but the Egypitans. The stories are allegory and medifore. Of course the Egyptians, Ethiopians and Cannanite did actually live, and their DNA are readily available. So if there were Israelites you would expect them to have the same DNA as the Egyptians, Ethiopians, and the Cannanites. They would have been first cousins of each other. Ashkazim and Sefardim do not test positive for the the DNA of the Egyptians , Ethiopians or the Cannanites who did actually live. In fact, these sets of people never knew each other! The point of the story is the birth of freedom.The bible was written by group of regular men as a TOOL for control and a way to govern people. During a time of famine, drought, crime and ignorance the need for conformity was crucial to civilization. The promise of paradise was incredibly enticing when the world around you is plagued with disease and starvation. Being told that if you follow the rules of an invisible, all powerful, omniscient being will guarantee you a place in heaven, you're going to choose to believe in the fairytale. And the notion of burning in hell for all eternity if you dont follow the "teachings of christ" is a great deterrent for those that would appose the bible. Fear is a powerful tool. The bible and christianity is a myth. It's just a fairytale that has caused pain and suffering and war.The pseudohistory of ancient Egypt is disrespectful to both Jews and Egyptians. It depicts the Jews as helpless slaves whose only contribution was sweat and broken backs, when in fact the earliest Jewish immigrants were respected allies to the Pharaoh and provided Egypt with a valuable service of both trade and defense. The pseudohistory also takes away from the Egyptians their due credit for construction of humanity's greatest architectural achievement, and portrays them as evil, bloodthirsty slavemasters. Pretty much every culture in the world at that period in history included slavery and conflict, and the Egyptians probably weren't any better or worse than most peoples.

Sympathy is almost never shown to drunk drivers or those who get violent / physically abusive while drunk, but when sex is involved, the lines are blurred. If both parties were drunk and their memories are fuzzy, there's no way to determine if it was rape or just drunken consent. Intoxication lowers inhibitions, and many people do things they regret while drunk, regardless of whether or not they remember how exactly things happened. There have been cases whereby the woman consented while drunk, regretted it the next day, then lied that she was raped, effectively damaging the man's reputation permanently. Now, that's not to say men cannot be or have not been raped (by women and men), or that women cannot take or have not taken sexual advantage of other women, but in most cases, men who have been violated are afraid to come forward because of social attitudes that men cannot be violated sexually, or that those who have been violated are somehow less masculine.

All this considered, I'll say this: adults, both male and female, should be responsible for their own actions. If you make the decision to drink and end up getting drunk, that's YOUR fault. If you sleep with someone while drunk, that's YOUR fault. And if you allow yourself to get so drunk that you can't remember whether or not it was consensual sex or rape, guess what? It's YOUR fault for being unable to handle your drink. Let me emphasize that I'm not victim-blaming - rape is ALWAYS the fault of the rapist and no one else. But if your drink was not spiked and you voluntarily drank yourself into a state of memory loss, that's YOUR fault. Not the alcohol's fault, not your friends' fault, and not the other party's fault.

I see plenty of indignation over telling women to avoid being raped versus telling men not to rape. But telling women to avoid being raped is not necessarily a form of victim-blaming or ignorance. If simply telling men not to rape was effective, a drunk woman could easily walk naked through a secluded back alley in the dead of the night and not have even the slightest worry that she might be attacked (again, I know full well that men can also be raped, but no one tells women not to rape, anyway).

Unfortunately, believing it is sufficient to tell men not to rape without cautioning women to avoid being raped is idealistic and naïve. Rapists want their way and will do their best to have it - they see their victims as a mere means to an end, and no amount of education or warning will deter them. However, a woman can protect herself and minimize her chances of becoming a victim. We sometimes take our safety for granted, thinking "it'll never happen to me". But that's not true. We can avoid taking certain routes when travelling, we can avoid getting so drunk that we forget what we did, and we can make sure we are with at least one trusted friend, especially if we are out late (personally, I always carry my Swiss army knife with me as an added precautionary measure).

Sexual assault should never be blamed on the victim or her clothes (after all, women in the Middle East and India are often assaulted despite being covered from head to toe), but the ugly truth is that there are sick people in this world who will not listen to reason and who are devoid of common human decency. And while the rest of us are not responsible for their thoughts or actions, we ARE responsible for making sure we are as invulnerable as possible to such ills.

It' amazing to me how many people think that Jewish slaves slaves built the pyramids when all the archaeological evidence and historical evidence shows that the Jews did not even exist when the pyramids were built..and the people who built the pyramids were not slaves they were paid workers who were fed and housed well and buried as royalty.Ask any serious Egyptologist or archaeologist or heck ask the Jews because even most of them know they did not build the pyramids.If the Hebrews built anything, then it was the city of Ramses as mentioned in Exodus.Too many people getting there facts from Hollywood movies.The story of the Israelites in Egypt were separated by hundreds of years.The builders came from poor Egyptian families from the north and the south, and were respected for their work so much so that those who died during construction were bestowed the honor of being buried in the tombs near the sacred pyramids of their pharaohs.I just have a passion For Egyptian history and it bothers be that soooo many people are misinformed about who built the pyramids.

pitbull lovers don't tend to be the sharpest knives in the drawer. The dog almost killed a kid and all people want to do is repeat the same talking points about how they aren't naturally aggressive or how it's because of a bad owner. Sorry but whether the breed is inherently aggressive or not is not the issue, the fact is this particular dog is aggressive and had irresponsible owners and needs to be put down for that reason alone.And I wonder what would have been the solution had the boy been killed. All it would have taken is one more bite in the neck. Iam so disappointed. So sad that the life of an animal is more important that a child's life. Where are all the Facebook pages to pay for this child's medical bills?! Where are all the petition's to help with his mental health support?!More money was donated to this dog than the little boy. What that says about people I can't say, but euthanize this dog and give the money to the boy for his medical expenses.

The dog should die. It's vicious and a killer. It doesn't matter the breed, circumstances etc. Focus on what happened---a CHILD will need reconstructive surgery and years of therapy to get over this. We need to focus on what's important--HUMAN LIFE


People! People! (and this includes all misguided animal rights advocates). I have loved and been an owner of dogs since childhood. But let's not get our priorities twisted! There is a hierarchy of life on this earth that is immutable and inarguable. Animals--of ANY stripe and kind--are not equal in stature to humans! That fact doesn't give any human the right to mistreat or abuse these creatures. That said, euthanizing an animal with a known propensity to maul and kill humans is not abuse or maltreatment. This country routinely kills--by government fiat--numerous INNOCENT humans on our prisons' death rows, yet there is hardly a whimper of protest in those cases. Mourn for this child--not for the dog whose BRED nature is to destroy once it has been incited.
People act like somehow the people supervising were at fault, anything but blame a violent dog. We have violent people in this world, they do harm and we keep them away from others. No big deal, but somehow you can't do that to a dog. Nobody realizes that dogs can be diseased, violent and disturbed just like humans. I love animals, but if they are violent, they need to be kept away from the public.

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