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Off-Topic / Legal drinking age
« on: September 11, 2012, 06:19:17 pm »Message ID: 603218
In almost all countries the legal drinking age is 18.  In France they just raised the drinking age ( in 2006) to 18, but very young kids will get one or two glasses of wine with meals at home.  You'll see that at restaurants too, nobody really enforces the drinking age, that is, not when the parents are ordering the wine.  It's very common to see 7 year old kids sipping on wine in the restaurants in France.  In Germany the legal age is 14 for beer and wine at any establishment as long as a parent or legal guarian is present.  At age 16 it's legal to order or buy beer and wine in Germany without a parent or legal guardian present, and at 18 it's legal to order or buy any kind of alcohol.  In the UK it's legal to drink beer, wine or cider from the age of 5, as long as you're home with your parent or guardian or in someone else's home.  In the UK you can also order beer, wine or cider in a restaurant,  without a parent or guardian present, as long as you order that together with your restaurant meal, no restrictions on how much you order with any meal.  In the UK, as in most places, the drinking age for all alcoholic beverages is 18.

Debate & Discuss / Christian inspiration
« on: June 10, 2012, 07:24:40 pm »Message ID: 551378
We have no fear, the lord will protect us, we dance with poison snakes.  I'm a believer, hallelujah!

- A "serpent-handling" West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before.
Pentecostal pastor Mark Wolford, 44, hosted an outdoor service at the Panther Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia Sunday, which he touted on his Facebook page prior to the event.
"I am looking for a great time this Sunday," Wolford wrote May 22, according to the Washington Post. "It is going to be a homecoming like the old days. Good 'ole raised in the holler or mountain ridge running, Holy Ghost-filled speaking-in-tongues sign believers."
Robin Vanover, Wolford's sister, told the Washington Post that 30 minutes into the outdoor service, Wolford passed around a poisonous timber rattlesnake, which eventually bit him.
"He laid it on the ground," Vanover said in the interview, "and he sat down next to the snake, and it bit him on the thigh."
Vanover said Wolford was then transported to a family member's home in Bluefield about 80 miles away to recover. But as the situation worsened, he was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Jim Shires, owner of the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluefield, told ABC News that Wolford died Monday. Wolford's church, the Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus in Matoaka, will host a viewing Friday and a funeral service Saturday morning. Wolford will be buried at the Hicks Family Plot in Phelps, Ky.
Officials at the Panther Wildlife Management Area had been unaware of Sunday's event until they were notified by callers after the service.
"We did not know that this event was happening, and if we had known about it or if we had been asked for permission, permission would not have been granted," Hoy Murphy, public information officer for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, told ABC News.
Hoy said West Virginia state park rules prohibit animals other than dogs and cats on the property.
While snake-handling is legal in West Virginia, other Appalachian states, including Kentucky and Tennessee, have banned the practice in public spaces.
Snake-handlers point to scripture as evidence that God calls them to engage in such a practice to show their faith in him. Mark 16: 17-18 reads, "And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
Wolford told the Washington Post magazine in 2011 that he is carrying on the tradition of his ancestors by engaging in snake handling.
"Anybody can do it that believes it," Wolford said. "Jesus said, 'These signs shall follow them which believe.' This is a sign to show people that God has the power."
Wolford said watched his own father die at the age of 39 after a rattlesnake bit him during a similar service.
"He lived 10 1/2 hours," Wolford told the Washington Post Magazine. "When he got bit, he said he wanted to die in the church. Three hours after he was bitten, his kidneys shut down. After a while, your heart stops. I hated to see him go, but he died for what he believed in.
"I know it's real; it is the power of God," Wolford told the Washington Post Magazine last year. "If I didn't do it, if I'd never gotten back involved, it'd be the same as denying the power and saying it was not real."-

Offers / Video
« on: April 30, 2012, 02:12:22 pm »Message ID: 529314
Often when I try to watch a video I get the message to "watch this video for 1 cent."  However, below that there is a grey area inside which it says, "there are no videos at this time."  Below that will be a bar that says next video, but clicking on that just shows another grey area with no video available again.

Is there some kind of screening process that disqualifies people of some categories from being able to watch videos?

Off-Topic / Restaurant discounts
« on: August 18, 2011, 03:48:25 pm »Message ID: 403937
Who else uses the web site?  I found this accidentally when I was looking for a restaurant gift certificate for my daughter.  What the site offers is a gift certificate at a discounted price.  On the site you type in your zip code and a desired radius in miles.  The site will then show a listing of participating restaurants within that radius.  You can look at information about each restaurant including menus.  You'll be given the option to buy certificates of various values, depending on the restaurant.  I usually get $25 certificates because I usually just go to eat with my wife.  The standard price for a $25 certificate is $10 and you'll be obligated to spend a total of $35 at the restaurant.  This means you use your $25 certificate and spend at least $10 more at the restaurant.  That's OK, but I quickly discovered the this web site offers even better deals.  Once you buy your first certificate they send you emails every time they have a special offer, and those come around very frequently.  The offers might be 50%, 70% or 80% off and they're so frequent that I now only respond to the 80% offers.  What that means is that the $25 certificate costs $2 with the 80% off offer.  Being required to order at least $35 worth of food and drinks in a restaurant means that you can get a certificate for $2, spend another $10 in the restaurant, meaning that it's possible to get $35 of food for $12.  Of course you will end up paying $40 or $45 for the food, and the certificate also obligates you to an 18% tip, but it's still an excellent deal to get a $25 certificate for $2.  I've used these quite a few times and never had a problem.  Has anyone else ever used this web site?

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