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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19575 on: February 19, 2013, 07:45:45 PM »
I'm not so sure about these, but...

There's a petition site I keep track of, mostly curiosity.  The site is mostly about trying to change human rights/criminal acts etc., and a few cases have been honestly needed, and at least one of them has pressured the arrest of a criminal suspect.

However...

More and more of the petitions coming out of it sound less Human Rights, and more Snowflakey.

There was one fairly recently where a petition was going around because the local Game department was trying to fine them for keeping a deer.

According to them, they had found the young fawn along the road and it was horribly injured, so they kept it in their house to nurse it back to health.  The Game board found out about this and issued them with a fine for illegally owning a wild creature without permit, and I think the board must be right.  They, however, spinned a yarn into a sobstory of how the board was mean and how the animal would've died without them and they put up a petition asking people to sign so the board would back off.

Personally, I think the couple were snowflakey for taking in a severely wild animal and trying to care for it themselves and complaining when they got caught, versus taking it to a local vet or BLM, where it could receive proper care from people who were licensed to handle these kind of situations.  I know my local vet had plenty of injured, wild animals he's taken care of, a red tailed hawn and a bobcat included, who were later released back in the wild.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19576 on: February 19, 2013, 08:01:13 PM »
It often happens that the higher people are on the social scale, the nicer they are. 

When I was a teenager, I worked as an usher at a summer theater.  Helen Hayes took a great interest in the place. She would drop by and was the model of a true lady.  She seemed to take a genuine interest in everyone, including the ushers.  Anyone could feel perfectly at ease around her. 

At the museum, Brooke Astor would drop in from time to time.  She was exactly the same way.

I lived in Rockland County, NY, for 2.5 years a few yrs ago, and her name is associated with a lot of places (hospital, theaters). Helen Hayes was definitely an icon and you could tell that she was loved. She sounds like she was a class act.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19577 on: February 19, 2013, 08:06:49 PM »
I'm not sure this is special snowflake, but I don't like it.  It's from the website notalwaysworking.  She could have said the situation in her first sentence (or right after the receptionist spoke), but it's like she's deliberately stringing the receptionist along just to make her feel stupid.  The receptionist is not a mind reader.

http://notalwaysworking.com/hopefully-they-get-dental-care-in-heaven/28715


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19578 on: February 19, 2013, 08:50:44 PM »
I'm not so sure about these, but...

There's a petition site I keep track of, mostly curiosity.  The site is mostly about trying to change human rights/criminal acts etc., and a few cases have been honestly needed, and at least one of them has pressured the arrest of a criminal suspect.

However...

More and more of the petitions coming out of it sound less Human Rights, and more Snowflakey.

There was one fairly recently where a petition was going around because the local Game department was trying to fine them for keeping a deer.

Thank you!  I was feeling very cynical and mean every time I received an email notice.  I kept saying to myself, 'So.....You want special rules for YOU.'

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19579 on: February 19, 2013, 11:16:31 PM »
I'm not so sure about these, but...

There's a petition site I keep track of, mostly curiosity.  The site is mostly about trying to change human rights/criminal acts etc., and a few cases have been honestly needed, and at least one of them has pressured the arrest of a criminal suspect.

However...

More and more of the petitions coming out of it sound less Human Rights, and more Snowflakey.

There was one fairly recently where a petition was going around because the local Game department was trying to fine them for keeping a deer.

Thank you!  I was feeling very cynical and mean every time I received an email notice.  I kept saying to myself, 'So.....You want special rules for YOU.'

Yeah.  Some of them aren't so bad, as the case of incriminating the suspect was, but others are... really wonderful, to put it nicely.  The deer one is the most recent that made my eyes roll.

They aren't prosecuting you for taking care of a fawn; they're prosecuting you for potentially putting its life in danger, keeping an exotic animal, and possibly doing more harm than good to everyone around you.  The rule must be there for a good reason, I think...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19580 on: February 20, 2013, 01:44:41 AM »
I'm not so sure about these, but...

There's a petition site I keep track of, mostly curiosity.  The site is mostly about trying to change human rights/criminal acts etc., and a few cases have been honestly needed, and at least one of them has pressured the arrest of a criminal suspect.

However...

More and more of the petitions coming out of it sound less Human Rights, and more Snowflakey.

There was one fairly recently where a petition was going around because the local Game department was trying to fine them for keeping a deer.

Thank you!  I was feeling very cynical and mean every time I received an email notice.  I kept saying to myself, 'So.....You want special rules for YOU.'

Yeah.  Some of them aren't so bad, as the case of incriminating the suspect was, but others are... really wonderful, to put it nicely.  The deer one is the most recent that made my eyes roll.

They aren't prosecuting you for taking care of a fawn; they're prosecuting you for potentially putting its life in danger, keeping an exotic animal, and possibly doing more harm than good to everyone around you.  The rule must be there for a good reason, I think...

I actual.y feel e same way about people (usually Americans) who domesticate kangaroos.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19581 on: February 20, 2013, 08:27:59 AM »
The DNR had actually sent someone to kill the fawn, but the fawn was back in the wild so they chose to pursue the couple (the husband was a police officer and if there was an issue really should have known).

The state of Indiana ended up dropping the case.With the uproar in this circumstance, imagine what social media would have had to say if the DNR had managed to kill the deer...which was all healed up and showed no signs of illness.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19582 on: February 20, 2013, 08:32:40 AM »
There was another petition on that site, if it's the one I'm thinking of, that involved an 11 year old girl wanting to be allowed to continue playing football.  The league had allowed it for the past few years, then for some reason they suddenly said "Oh yeah, we don't actually allow girls to play" and banned her from playing.   ::)

I don't think it's the girl that's the snowflake, I think it's really cool that she's played it and I saw her teammates had signed the petition as well. 

I'm not sure who the SS's are.  I'm torn between the league and the *assumption* parents of other players who whined that a girl was playing football and made a stink over it.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19583 on: February 20, 2013, 09:18:53 AM »
There was another petition on that site, if it's the one I'm thinking of, that involved an 11 year old girl wanting to be allowed to continue playing football.  The league had allowed it for the past few years, then for some reason they suddenly said "Oh yeah, we don't actually allow girls to play" and banned her from playing.   ::)

I don't think it's the girl that's the snowflake, I think it's really cool that she's played it and I saw her teammates had signed the petition as well. 

I'm not sure who the SS's are.  I'm torn between the league and the *assumption* parents of other players who whined that a girl was playing football and made a stink over it.

She was probably playing too well.

We have a case like that now. A girl plays hockey on a local boys league. She is legally allowed to play. The authorities have no problem with this. The parents of the opposing teams do, since she runs rings around their best players and often scores goals. It remains to be seen if they find a loophole and get her kicked out.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19584 on: February 20, 2013, 09:41:01 AM »
I think another aspect of it is that the league is affiliated with a religion (or rather a denomination of a religion) that is kind of known for seeing women as inferior.   Apparently this league was willing to overlook it for a while since the girl was having fun, her coach and teammates were supportive and the parents of the other players on the team were cool with it too.

But I guess someone threw a fit because she was just too good and suddenly "Oops, no girls allowed, you can't play anymore!"

There was a girl on my high school's football team.  She was very well respected amongst the girls and guys because she was very good.  I remember mentioning said girl at home and my father said "Oh, she must be a kicker, that's the only safe football position for a girl."  ::) No, she wasn't a kicker, she was in there tackling like the others.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19585 on: February 20, 2013, 02:30:58 PM »
The DNR had actually sent someone to kill the fawn, but the fawn was back in the wild so they chose to pursue the couple (the husband was a police officer and if there was an issue really should have known).

The state of Indiana ended up dropping the case.With the uproar in this circumstance, imagine what social media would have had to say if the DNR had managed to kill the deer...which was all healed up and showed no signs of illness.

True enough.  Still, I can't imagine taking care of a wild animal, as much as I love them.  What if it improoerly healed, or became acclimated to humans and couldn't survive on its instincts in the wild?

Personally,  I think they are special because they ignored all those conclusions and demonized the DNR.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19586 on: February 20, 2013, 02:36:15 PM »
A fellow in the northern part of our province (New Brunswick) was killed by one of his penned deer a couple of years ago.  Who knew a white-tailed deer could do that?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19587 on: February 20, 2013, 02:38:05 PM »
Oh dear.  *sorry!*
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19588 on: February 20, 2013, 02:55:42 PM »
A fellow in the northern part of our province (New Brunswick) was killed by one of his penned deer a couple of years ago.  Who knew a white-tailed deer could do that?

Deer have been known to kill wolves in self defense.  Their hind legs are extremely strong and their hooves can be sharp.  That's a deadly combination if it decides to kick.

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« Reply #19589 on: February 20, 2013, 03:18:41 PM »
When I was in my early teens, I remember "saving" a wild baby bird.  That was over 40 years ago.  I was a great animal lover and I thought I was saving the baby bird's life.  It lived for a couple weeks, then died.  Now I know there are wild bird rescues and I would turn to one of them instead of trying to do it myself.  I recognize that, for all my love of animals, I am not qualified to care for a wild young 'un.

Now I won't even pet feral cats or feed any creature I do not shelter.  I am strongly opposed to feral cat colony caretakers and people who throw stale bread in the canal to feed the fish.  I have learned not to *enlighten* strangers who don't see the harm, so I'm not as obnoxious as I used to be.

There are plenty of domestic animals in need of good homes.  Leave the wild animals alone or let the professionals take over.

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