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Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains

Scrameustache Re:Environmentalists eat your heart out. (211 comments)

You know, a PIPELINE would be a lot safer way of transporting crude oil around the country... Stopping the construction of pipelines results in more of these rail car accidents you know.

The LaSalle Heights Disaster occurred in the early morning of March 1, 1965 in the city of LaSalle, Quebec when a gas line explosion destroyed a number of low-cost housing units. In all, 28 people lost their lives, 39 were injured and 200 left homeless. Most of the casualties were women and children because many men had left for work. The casualties might have been higher had it not been the first of the month when many men left earlier than usual to pay their monthly rent at the rental office. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about 2 months ago
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Growing Evidence of Football Causing Brain Damage

Scrameustache Re:well...no shit..... (684 comments)

soccer players' brains next.

What ARE the effects on the brain for prolonged and repeated sessions of lying on the grass pretending to have a knee injury?

more than 2 years ago
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Canada: Police Do Not Have Power To Wiretap Without Warrant

Scrameustache Re:more and more (133 comments)

So nobody can carry a pistol?

Only cops, soldiers and private security with the right paperwork.

And since recently, and quietly, cops and soldiers of the U.S. of A.

more than 2 years ago
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Canada: Police Do Not Have Power To Wiretap Without Warrant

Scrameustache Re:C-30 your next (133 comments)

Someone tried to assassinate the prime minister in the 90's, but couldn't get past Canada's final boss: The prime minister's wife wielding an Inuit soapstone carving. True story.

more than 2 years ago
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Canada: Police Do Not Have Power To Wiretap Without Warrant

Scrameustache Re:C-30 your next (133 comments)

The supreme court suggested that the law be chaged so that after the facts the cops need to fill out a form explaining why they did it. C-30 already includes a provision requiring the cops to rubber stamp their own actions afterwards.

more than 2 years ago
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Canada: Police Do Not Have Power To Wiretap Without Warrant

Scrameustache Re:Yay Canada (133 comments)

There was an author wrote a book that he considered inoffensive but a Muslim priest filed a charge anyway. No big deal; it's protected as free speech right? Nope. He found himself drug into the Canadian court for charges of hate speech.

Arrested for wearing a t-shirt: USA! USA!

Tazered and arrested for asking a question at an open mic question period: USA! USA!

Accused of hate speech: CANADA HAS NO FREEDOMZ! OMG!

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

Scrameustache Re:Good Ole Southern Cackalacky (1054 comments)

I'm drawing a blank here but about the only thing I can think of that would qualify as close to pornography is the part where Ender beats the shit out of that bully and the book talks about how his medical sheet reads "bruised testicle."

After the teenager's mother contacted police, investigators contacted the school.
School officials have since said two of the three books the teacher read were determined to have materials (primarily swear words) and, in some instances, subject matter and terminology that school administrators consider inappropriate for the middle school.

According to commonsensemedia.org, which claims it has in-house staff and a team of reviewers who are experts in children's media, technology, health and policy matters, "this book was not originally intended for children. The violence is, at times, quite brutal, as kids kill other kids, though unintentionally, and the main character is admired for his ruthlessly efficient violence, though he himself is disturbed by it."
The website also advises parents to be aware of violence, sex and language, but states that the content is appropriate for children 12 years or older.
The student who gave a statement to the school is 14.

more than 2 years ago
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George "geohot" Hotz Arrested In Texas For Posession of Marijuana

Scrameustache Re:Smart people can be dumb (578 comments)

in "plain sight", meaning anything that escapes from your car, be it photons or small particles which we refer to as "scent".

It's not "plain" if you need a specially trained dog to detect it for you.

more than 2 years ago
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Misleading Robocalls Went To Voters ID'd As Non-Tories

Scrameustache Re:Who is responsible? Irrelevant... (148 comments)

does it really matter?

Does it really matter if they stole the election? Does it really matter if the government is run not by democracy, but by fraud?

Should everyone stop voting for the party they felt to represent them the best, because of a couple of bad apples? As disgusting as this tactic was, I have hard time seeing how "Yes" would be a reasonable response.

If you feel that the party of the anti-democratic, election-stealing, frauds and liars is the party that represents you...

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Deleted From the World's Banking Computers

Scrameustache Re:The people will be the ones who suffer (667 comments)

How is it that you think that you have contradicted the assertion "they only lack several human rights" by listing several examples of human rights being ignored? Are you joking? Get off slashdot and go learn about basic logic.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Barred From Being Alone With Daughter After Informing Police of Porn On PC

Scrameustache What else did he expect? (777 comments)

"Hi, police, I am currently committing the crime of possession of child pornography, here's my name and address..."

more than 2 years ago
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Santorum Calls Democrats 'Anti-Science'

Scrameustache Re:So says the religious guy. (1237 comments)

"trust your common sense". But this is a code-phrase for "you are as smart as subject-experts in their respective fields".

I could be as smart as any expert in any field. Knowledge of any field, however, is a different matter.

smart/smärt/
Adjective:
Having or showing a quick-witted intelligence.

more than 2 years ago
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Santorum Calls Democrats 'Anti-Science'

Scrameustache Re:So says the religious guy. (1237 comments)

Neither party is against science

Both parties support physics and chemistry, but one party is rabidly against biology.

more than 2 years ago
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Santorum Calls Democrats 'Anti-Science'

Scrameustache Re:So says the religious guy. (1237 comments)

Intelligent design was brought to you by cavemen thousands of years ago

Cavemen thousands of years ago didn't use dishonest euphemisms to obfuscate their creationism.

more than 2 years ago
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Reddit: No More Suggestive Content Featuring Minors

Scrameustache Re:Lax attitudes toward child pornography (722 comments)

obviously illegal stuff leads to a lot of eye-opening attitudes toward issues of sex and gender. For crying out loud, Reddit's statement actually refers to this new rule as a "slippery slope," as if it's somehow more difficult for them not to censor legitimate information if they can't have a subreddit named /r/preeteen_girls devoted to underage photos submitted by creepy Facebook stalkers.

You're riding a crazy carpet all the way down the slippery slope: You KNOW that they're pictures taken from facebook, but you jump to the conclusion that they're "obviously illegal" child pornography!

more than 2 years ago
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Delayed Outrage Over A Censored Site; What's a Better Way To Spread News?

Scrameustache Re:Dont like it? (214 comments)

This is what the RIAA/MPAA actually believe!

more than 2 years ago
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WikiLeaks Cable: NASDAQ Folded To Chinese Pressure

Scrameustache Re:Stop selling debt to China (269 comments)

"We think this stock will do well, because the company's CEO is so charismatic" is Austrian School economic advice.

So, Steve Jobs, then.

more than 2 years ago
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The Chevy Segway Keeps On Rolling (Video)

Scrameustache Re:The Government gave us a blank check (210 comments)

Their whole model was built on the idea that cities would decide to create segway lanes.

Their whole model was built on the idea of having a mass-market outlet to lower the production cost of the underlying technology for use in electric wheelchairs. That line about redesigning cities was Steve Job's.

more than 2 years ago
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Outgoing CRTC Head Says Technology Is Eroding Canadian Culture

Scrameustache Re:Culture loss? (404 comments)

ultimately isn't it up to the PEOPLE of France and Canada to decide what their culture will be? [...] and no unelected oligarch has the right to overrule that collective decision.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumping_(pricing_policy)

The oligarchs have the power to destroy smaller markets.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Wikileaks donations account blacklisted

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scrameustache (459504) writes "The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks claims that it has had its funding blocked and that it is the victim of financial warfare by the US government.

Moneybookers, a British-registered internet payment company that collects WikiLeaks donations, emailed the organisation to say it had closed down its account because it had been put on an official US watchlist and on an Australian government blacklist.

The apparent blacklisting came a few days after the Pentagon publicly expressed its anger at WikiLeaks and its founder, Australian citizen Julian Assange, for obtaining thousands of classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan."

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The fashion industry as a model for IP reform

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Scrameustache (459504) writes "In this TED talk (15 minutes), Johanna Blakley talks about a subject alien to most slashdotters, fashion, but in a way sure to grab our attention: How the fashion industry's lack of copyright protection can teach other industries about what copyright means to innovation, and yes, she mentions open source software. If you want to know more, or if you prefer text, the Ready To Share project's website should give you all the data you crave on the subject."
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DNA differences observed between blood and organs

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  about 5 years ago

Scrameustache (459504) writes "Researcher working on a rare type of aortic abnormality found that the DNA from diseased tissue did not match the DNA from the blood of the same patients on the same gene. So far it's unclear whether these differences in the blood and aortic tissue are the consequence of RNA editing, which changes the messenger RNA but not the gene, or DNA editing, which involves differences in the gene itself.
Based on the evidence so far, senior author Morris Schweitzer, an endocrinologist and lipidologist with McGill University, believes the differences his team detected resulted from developmental rather than somatic DNA alterations. Such a pattern may not hold true for all genes, he said, but there could be other genes that vary slightly between blood and other tissues."

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Pythons DVD sales up by 23000% thanks to YouTube

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Scrameustache (459504) writes "After uploading quality, indexed content and making it available for free on YouTube, Monty Python's DVDs climbed to No. 2 on Amazon's Movies & TV bestsellers list, with increased sales of 23,000 percent.

You can see the Pythons explain it in their own silly words: "We're letting you see absolutely everything for free. So there! But we want something in return. None of your driveling, mindless comments. Instead, we want you to click on the links, buy our movies & TV shows and soften our pain and disgust at being ripped off all these years.""

Journals

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ambulocetus natans

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 6 years ago

A google search for a transitional fossil of whales led me to this piece of creation foolishness:

The legs are real legs, not 'fins,' and there are no imaginary webs between its toes such as National Geographic had added. (Picture from Carroll, Patterns and Process of Vertebrate Evolution, p. 335)

This is hilarious when you compare the skeleton in question to the skeleton of a crocodile, a beaver, or a river otter.

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Quote of the day [what this one meant]

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Auribus teneo lupum. [I hold a wolf by the ears.] [Boy, it *sounds* good. But what does it *mean*?]

It means "I'm safe for now, but I can't let go!"
It's like the old prank with the bucket of water held on the ceiling with a broom, but deadly.

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Blasphemy

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  about 7 years ago

"It is wrong, blasphemous and sinful for you to suggest, imply or help other people come to the conclusion that the US government killed three thousand of it's own citizens."

Tucker Carlson

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Conspiracy theorist, what a bunch of tinfoil wearing loonies

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  about 7 years ago

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
Mahatma Gandhi

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Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 7 years ago

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial-congress complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

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The sheeple are self-censoring

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007: "Not worth reading"!

If you question the official conspiracy theory, you're crazy crazy crazy! The DOD always tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, after all.

Here's a video that is "not worth" watching: Demolition expert Danny Jowenko explains how the WTC7 was destroyed by professionals, and expresses surprise and disbelief when he's told the collapse was on the same day as the towers.
This video has eyewitnesses from the ground, firefighters involved in the rescue, saying they heard the detonation of the charges(mpg, no sound) before the collapse.

This picture shows how much damage a building can sustain from the Twin Tower debris without collapsing.
Even a gash almost identical to the one pictured in a 2005 official release did not bring this building down (notice the boarded windows).

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Human evolution and the hubris of it's denial

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I often hear people say that humans are no longer subject to natural selection.
They mention hospitals, cripples being taken care of, prenatal care, and they ignore the fact that two thirds of the people of this world have no access to these luxuries.

Not only is most of the population of the earth still dying young from malaria, tigers, hippos, and all manners of natural disasters, but we are reminded regularly that people in the industrial nations die everyday from man made predators. In 1830, William Huskisson ushered in a brave new world of everyday deadliness. I still see rail safety campaign posters, aimed at kids, in the 21st century.

Even medical science isn't saving people indiscriminatly of their genetic heritage. Most of the healing is left to the patient's body, and the treatment themselves work better on some and not as well on others: Survival of the easiest to treat.

Human evolution hasn't stopped: We aren't mighty enough to rise above natural selection.

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Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 7 years ago

There's this troll that tried to pick on me for being in mensa (which I'm not, but he's dumb, so he assumed).
I fed him some poisoned replies ;-)

From his insistant trolling, I got proof positive that his attacks on the character of the person he wrongly assumed I was were not an execptional bout of misdirected anger from a human being, but proof positive of a under-bridge dweller, as well a set of data providing a posting pattern for that individual.

By an amazing coincidence, right after that troll started eating the scraps I left for it, I suddenly started getting regular AC trolling.
If I reply to those, the AC troll comes back to check and keeps on trolling... always in the same timeframe as all the trolling from the mensa-assuming moron! What a coinkidink! I mean, he clicked "post as anonymous coward", so I have no way of knowing who wrote those!

Hehehe, trolls are so dumb :)

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America: The definition

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 8 years ago

America [for Amerigo Vespucci], the lands of the Western Hemisphere--North America, Central (or Middle) America, and South America. The world map published in 1507 by Martin Waldseemüller is the first known cartographic use of the name. In English, America and American are frequently used to refer only to the United States.

Source: The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia Copyright © 2004, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

You wouldn't believe the long winded bullshit people will come up with to cover up their ignorance of this simple fact.

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And I let 4 mod points expire today...

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Re:take it for what it is., posted to CIA Secretly Reclassifying Documents, has been moderated Interesting (+1).
It is currently scored Interesting (2).

moderated Interesting (+1).
It is currently scored Interesting (3).

moderated Interesting (+1).
It is currently scored Interesting (4).

moderated Interesting (+1).
It is currently scored Interesting (5).

moderated Flamebait (-1).
It is currently scored Interesting (4).

moderated Interesting (+1).
It is currently scored Interesting (5).

Flamebait??

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Darwin wrote:

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 8 years ago

"Lamarck was the first man whose conclusions on the subject excited much attention. This justly celebrated naturalist first published his views in 1801. . . he first did the eminent service of arousing attention to the probability of all changes in the organic, as well as in the inorganic world, being the result of law, and not of miraculous interposition."

[...]

In 1999 a group of religious fundamentalists won the election to the Kansas State Board of Education and tried to introduce creationism into the state's classrooms. They wanted to delete references to radiocarbon dating, continental drift and the fossil record from the education standards. In 2001 more-temperate forces prevailed in elections, but the anti-evolutionists garnered a 6-4 majority again in November 2004. Now Intelligent Design (ID) theory is their anti-evolution tool of choice.

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Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I was born in America.
But I am not an American.

I still love the U.S.A.
I love southern hospitality. I love giant fireworks and novelty shops right next to a state border.
I love New York (once you get used to the smell). I love the fact that one of it's strongest symbol is French-made.
I love the space program: It's not unique, but it's got style.
I love Harley Davidson bikes, though I usually ride japanese bikes: They're more practical.
And I love Walt Disney and his buddies, and I love Hollywood. I also hate Hollywood, but that's life for you.

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How moderation works.

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm pondering the possible motivations of the trolls.

I see them daily (around slashdot, fark, IMDB, any open forum really), so I pay attention to the patterns. Some of them remind me of a former collegue of mine who amazed me with his sheer stupidity (he once argued with me that the queen of England was not wealthy, his main point being that when she dies someone else will inherit all the money... I'm always amazed that people can be that daft). He was also short, and quite repulsive. Basically, he was the office troll, as he both looked and acted the part.

It's irrational, ugly behaviour. He simply was arguing for the sake of arguing, and since he was being made a fool by the very basis of his argument, he was getting angrier, and therefore more passionatly irrational. I simply waited him out. A man that obtuse couldn't last long at any workplace, and I only had to tolerate him for a few weeks before he was fired. But on the internet, there are no bosses to ween out the idiots, and no shortage of supply on trolls of all kinds.

Of course, such a vast pool of idiots cannot be homogenous. Trolls simply bait, and pick on those who bite. Flamebaiting trolls, for instance, are attempting to get insulted. I'm not sure exactly why they want to be insulted, maybe they are masochists, maybe they get a thrill out of pissing people off while safely away, who cares. The point is that they add to the noise, and the noise should be reduced.

Now, let's consider a message. How would we moderate it? Let's assume the following reply:

You cocksucking faggot. I want to rape your mom and make you suck my cock.

This should be moderated as

  • troll
  • flamebait
  • offtopic
  • and redundant.

If it is above 0, it is also Overrated.

This, of course, poses a problem. Because such a post can only be modded down to -1, and we have more moderation choices than can be applied to this one post, guilty of all of them.

What I'm wondering is if it's possible to have a quick, easy to use system that would take all of that into account.
Perhaps a more democratic system where it would be possible to label a post without expending points, on top of the current points-based moderation layer.
Flags that could be set once per user, that did not directly influence a post's score, but that kept a record of the number, or percentage, of the different labels.

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Trolls are Overrated

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 9 years ago

The "overrated" mod as first mod.

I've been getting lots of those recenty, and I've been told it is because the metamoderations never review the "overrated/underrated" mod. So people with a sad agenda (personnal grudge or ideological mindlessness, insuficient data to tell) get to keep doing it without being stopped by an already established filter.
I speak my mind, and therefore I've watched my enemies list grow. But the low lives that lurk on slashdot have found a perticularly cowardly way of attacking people now it seems.
I got to admit: It is somewhat annoying.

It's just another way for petty loosers to make other people's lives just that little bit more incovenienced I supposed.

Like that "fan" (stalker) of mine that goes to post uninspired replies detailing bodily functions to post I've made a couple days prior (presumably to avoid getting modded down while the thread is still read by people with mod points, the sneaky coward). I wonder how someone becomes so pathetic... to have a life so empty that you actually spend time harassing strangers, karma-whoring to have mod points and that lil' +1 so people will see your sad attempts at getting attention through crude, mindless profanity.

I understand thugs: getting hit makes you want to hit others. But I have no way to relate to this kind of behaviour. It's so... small.

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This entry has no awnsers, only questions.

Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Main Entry: irrational
Pronunciation: i-'ra-sh(&-)n&l, "i(r)-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin irrationalis, from in- + rationalis rational
: not rational: as a (1) : not endowed with reason or understanding (2) : lacking usual or normal mental clarity or coherence b : not governed by or according to reason

Where there's no emotion, there's no motive for violence. -- Spock, "Dagger of the Mind", stardate 2715.1

We are all irrational.

From time to time, our emotions take over and our reason takes a step back. Anger, fear, pride, or any of the host of emotions we experience might override reason and make us behave in reprehensible ways.

But does it have to be this way?
If our understanding of our squishy bits was more advanced, and we could take away emotions to let reason reign, should we do it?
Would it be something that would make us better, usher in a true age of reason? Or would it be a bane, reducing us to logical automatons?

Is fun worth all the suffering that comes with it? Is the human condition so noble, or are we fooling ourselves because we can't bare the horror that a different truth would bring?

If we could create a person without emotions, a true Man of reason, would it be unethical to do so, or would it be irrational not to?

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Scrameustache Scrameustache writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm a big fan of the sci-fi show Firefly , wich started on fox, but they changed their mind and announced that they wouldn't buy more episode before they even aired the pilot.

However, fox is not the only network out there, and others are considering buying it. Namely UPN, who already aquired Buffy after fox decided they didn't want it anymore at the end of season 6 (or was it 5?).

I like the show because it looks good (I've liked show that didn't look good, but this one does), because it is smart and because it deals with adult subject matter. Fox was airing it at 8pm (normally...when they aired baseball the show was on afterwards at 12:20 one week and 12:05 the next). I think 10pm on a schoolnight would be a better choice, its not a show well suited for children.

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