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Comment: Re:Gave back my green card and moved to Canada (Score 1) 308

by quax (#48459415) Attached to: LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

Yes, no doubt the budget is much easier to balance. I don't think most Americans have any idea how much of their tax money goes to the DoD.

Was certainly a factor in my decision. I left the US when the Iraq war was still going strong. Didn't like the idea that my tax money was helping to pay for this tragic foolishness.

Comment: Re:It's more of a statement about NYC (Score 1) 464

I've lived in a variety of multicultural environments in the UK in the past, and not seen anything other than normal levels of policing - which by suburban US standards (never mind urban standards) are extremely relaxed.

I'm not sure what studies you're referring to, but I would revisit them if I were you with a very skeptical eye. I'd be more inclined to think the US has a particular problem due to history and the level of corruption in local governments, which has lead to particularly bad policing, which has in turn lead to an assumption that that's just the way things should be from a populace brought up in that environment.

Comment: Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (Score 1) 243

by squiggleslash (#48432843) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

He's right and you're wrong. Those two issues are not the primary purposes of the Federal Government, and even if you had been technically right (you're not, ICC is of considerable more historic purpose), you would have been handwaving as claiming two issues are "primary" does not eliminate the other unsaid issues.

Comment: Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (Score 1) 243

by squiggleslash (#48432799) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

I'm bemused by his answer to be honest. I was making a light hearted comment about someone's attempt to justify a party position ("Against big gubmint") by launching into a dubious official-justification "Trying to protect the constitution" rant.

So I drew a parallel with #ethics!!?!1!, and got a massive MRA rant in response, as if the intent was to make the thread symmetric. Apparent Reason 1 -> Dubious Official Position 1 -> Dubious Official Position 2 -> (Whitewashed) Apparent Reason 2.

Huh.

BTW Shadow, FWIW, the tactics of your fellow MRAs/channer trolls/opportunists/dupes lead me to actually sit down and watch Anita Sarkeesian's video series the other week. Well, I had to. And yes, it will impact some of my work in future, she makes some excellent points. Me, myself, probably won't make a difference to you, but I know plenty of others who have done the same. And by coming out into the open, you've also made it easier for us to see you, for me to, for example, warn my daughter (when she's old enough, I'm not going to scare the shit out of her right now) about the extremists in your group who write articles like "How to get away with rape" and "How to break a woman".

So thank you - to you and the people you defend and associate with - for making it easier to arm my daughter, and for ensuring I, and legions of other men who seriously had thought sexism against women was nothing like as serious as it is, open our eyes and start fighting for equality.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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