Discussion in 'The Red Room' started by shootER, Apr 18, 2019.
You might slip in the shower, choke on a cookie and shoot your foot off.
Fallon said something... funny? 2020 really is a wild year.
There are some big downsides to nonprofit watchdogs' tendency to focus on overhead percentage, though.
This is true, and the article does a good job on its analysis. Thank you.
Nevertheless, it focuses entirely on relatively large organisations. Small structures which are staffed almost entirely by volunteers and only try to work with a handful of projects, for which they do not need computers because they know them personally, escape the shortcomings brought out in the article to a great extent.
Furthermore, there are valid overhead costs, and invalid overhead costs. If you need better computers, you still do not have to have the latest thing that the high-end gamers use. For office work, a used computer that has been updated to Windows 10 is quite sufficient. Staff who travel as cheaply as possible can find out what is going on just as well as staff who buy first-class tickets. And so on.
I have done enough work in and with humanitarian organisations to know that some are much better than others. If more than 10% of total receipts goes to overhead, I want to know why. If more than 20% does, I'm thinking they're not trying very hard. And for some of them, it is as high as 50%.
So yeah, don't just look at overhead percentage. But look at it, even so.
Yeah, I just saw that story. Background checks are good. Not sure about so-called "red flag" laws, which could wind up being so broad that if you looked at someone funny while holding a pop-tart that you'd chewed into the shape of a gun, you could find yourself on a no-guns-allowed list.
This is exactly what they want. They would consider this a "feature", not a "bug".
Red flag laws are literal confiscation without due process. My neighbors are literal drum circle having hippies and they give me the stink eye every time I load up my SUV for the range. You don't think they would consider me loading a couple of rifle cases and ammo boxes a few times a month a threat? I don't wana get no-knocked because my neighbors have a moral objection to my hobby.
Three pro-NRA posts in a row. Please explain what is a "red-flag law" and don't tell me its something bad. Just say what it is.
It's basically "see something, say something." If you have a record of . . . being strange, basically, or appearing to present antisocial tendencies, you can wind up on a list that tells certain retailers not to sell you their products. Usually guns, explosives, or other potentially hazardous stuff. These days that can even include things like biotech.
What Lanz said, although I'd like to add the caveat that more often than not these laws target minorities far more than the white dudebros who make guns their whole personality.
So, it's not a conviction for a specific crime - like domestic abuse.
You mean like this?
Isn't there some way to word the laws so that they can't be misused that way?
I realize there is no definitive way to identify who is a risk and who isn't; any law that attempts to make sure that no one who is responsible will ever be deprived of the possibility of being armed (the 2nd comes under this heading) will mean that huge numbers of dangerous people will also have guns. The result is the current situation: mass shootings are a weekly occurrence, sometimes an almost daily occurrence. At the same time, any law that attempts to make sure no dangerous people will (legally) have access to guns will pretty much make it impossible for anyone to get them legally. But isn't there something in between, that will seriously reduce the number of armed "crazies" running around, without it going to the extreme you mention?
Google not working for you?
There's an NRA ad that keeps popping up on one of the news sites I visit, asking me to fill out a questionnaire. Oh, did I have fun with that!
Probably, but after many years of watching gun grabbers trying to sneak unconstitutional measures into law - and sometimes doing it, making for interesting Supreme Court cases - I have no faith in such things. Red Flags are similar to the No Fly list, where we wind up with situations like Senator Ted Kennedy being on the no fly list. TL; DR: people are stupid.
As opposed to the NRA trying to sneak measures into law that allows everyone with an asshole to own buy a gun regardless of the danger they pose to society.
^^^ Like I said, people are stupid.
I'm all in on a UBC. Red flag laws might be doable if there was some kind of due process.
The sharks were circling and LaPierre was the handiest one to throw over the side.
You hate to see it...
Wonder how many people he's going to take with him. There's five mentioned in the article, but I have the feeling he'll rat everyone out if it means he gets a reduced sentence.
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This just in: per Bloomberg-- The NRA is declaring bankruptcy and seeking to reorganize as a non-profit in Texas. Court filing cites $500 million in assets and $500 million in liabilities....developing.
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