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Comment: Hippie Spin (Score 1) 295 295

No doubt the climate change hippies will spin this as exactly what one expects in climate change. Just like they spun recent cold winters as an indication of global warming. Billion dollar universities and researchers have a huge monetary motivation for keeping the climate change specter alive, it's their funding. So expect a big spin on this evidence.

Comment: Re:Make SATs optional (Score 1) 389 389

Didn't you hear Ben Bernake just got rejected on a home loan refinance even though he gets paid $250k per speaking engagement, has a multi-million dollar net worth and other debt? Btw, it is not that I don't think test taking is not an important skill, it's just that it can be very one dimensional and creates "achievement robots".

Comment: Make SATs optional (Score 5, Insightful) 389 389

Exclusive schools, such as Bowdoin, have already made SATs option. Standardized testing is the biggest target of "achievement robots". I know of some South and East Asian families who instead of having their kids involved in team sports, drama, art or anything involving other humans, have their kids start studying for the SATs at age 12. Perhaps that's is seen to work in Asia, but it is not healthy for the entire globe to follow the same model. It is a better world if USA/Canada/Europe can follow a more well-rounded model. Include other forms of intelligence (i.e. drama, athletics, music, art) more heavily in the mix and allow standardized testing to be optional.

Comment: Factory would distroy natural beauty of Vallejo (Score 2) 327 327

California has so many lovely places: Richmond (Iron Triangle), Vallejo, Oakland, Antioch, South Central L.A.. We won't want to destroy the natural beauty of these post-industrial homicide capitals with bothersome economic prosperity.

Comment: Re:Dating should be about genetic heath (Score 1) 561 561

Ha, ha... You did pickup what I was hinting at, but I am actually the tall blonde woman. I used to live in Manhattan (NY) where I noticed so many short Jewish businessmen, and wealthy Jewish celebrities, were married to tall blondes. I thought to myself what healthy genetic diversity it is. Especially in the Jewish population where there was too much close breeding, mostly due to anti-semitism, resulted in all sorts of genetic nastiness such as Tay-sachs, sickle cell anemia, turrets syndrome, etc...

Comment: Dating should be about genetic heath (Score 1) 561 561

For good genetic health, dating sites should be matching people who are DIFFERENT, not the same. Given a large number of geniuses who suffer from Aspergers or other forms of autism, it probably best not to be dating others of the same malady. Instead, it is better to date a person with different traits. Of course geniuses don't feel they can communicate with normal people, which is common amongst people who struggle with autism. But worry less about compatibility and more about what sort of scary genetics you might be passing to your children. So if you're a Mexican academic genius then marry a Chinese athlete. If you're an African athlete then marry an Eskimo artist. If you're a short Jewish businessman then marry a tall blonde Scandinavia.

Comment: Shade of things to come (Score 4, Interesting) 268 268

Non-profits are being used more and more as to either promote for-profit causes or enrich non-profit executives. This is why major non-profits and college presidents are earning million dollar plus compensation. Global Village Champions sounds like a perfect example of this. Separately, Yank Barry is a convict who did prison time for extortion, now he's trying to use his muscle on Wiki volunteers. How pretty of a picture does he expect?

Comment: False Hope is the Easiest Sell (Score 4, Insightful) 448 448

From Snake Oil in the Old West to weight loss scams, baldness fixes, male vitality enhancers, or Breatharians, the easiest thing to sell is false hope since it tricks the buy into thinking about only what they want, not what is actually possible.

Comment: Re:You could argue that whites are under-represent (Score 1) 435 435

As the Supreme Court recently found, race/ethnicity are only one form of diversity, and a limited form of diversity at that. There are so many forms of diversity other than the color of one's skin or the ethnicity of their surname. It'd be easy to find a black guy and a white guy who have the same opinions and skills, I don't know why it is considered more diverse just because one guy is black.

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