The fight over "begging the question" was lost decades ago. The modern usage makes more sense anyway: the logical fallacy would be better off renamed "assuming the premise", which both serves as a more descriptive name and is a better translation of the Latin petitio principii.
Save your time and effort for the "literally" folks. It's wasted here.
how many times have we heard/read about police chases which result in massive collateral damage and people getting killed?
Not all that many?
How can humans be prevented from having power over other humans if there aren't any humans with power over other humans to prevent the humans from having power over other humans?
Replace the humans with turtles.
Another interesting idea would be to do the same experiment by latitude. Does the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center have a higher rate than the Maui Supercomputing Center?
They tried to do that test a few years back, but both research teams mysteriously disappeared. The leading hypothesis is that the Arctic team was eaten by polar bears, but nobody has any idea what happened to the Maui team. The only clue left at the scene was a nearly-empty glass of pina colada.
I suffer from keratoconus in both my eyes. It's a degenerative disorder whereby my corneas gradually become thinner and bulge into a cone shape, causing hopelessly-distorted vision. Until just a few years ago, you could treat some of the symptoms, but the only actual cure was to wait until it got unbearably bad and then go in for a transplant of the entire cornea. I've been legally blind since about 2007.
But this year I was able to have a newly-developed, minimally-invasive surgery done that halted the progression and strengthened my corneas. Now, after the surgery and using special contact lenses, I'm able to have 20/20 vision for the first time since I was in middle school.
Underwhelmed? Fuck, man, I love the future.
But then who's going to move you to open floor layouts to "improve collaboration"?
I don't understand why open-floor layouts get a bad rap. I work in one now, and it's great. I never want to see the inside of another cube.
That's like saying we shouldn't have had a Civil Rights movement because at least we weren't killing our minorities like Germany did; we were just oppressing them.
"Y is worse than X" does not mean that X is not also bad.
There needs to be a way to get the supreme court's attention almost immediately if something is determined to likely be unconstitutional or is an extremely urgent matter. This is a failing of our system.
That's not a failing of our system; that's the entire point. Things "determined to likely be unconstitutional or an extremely urgent matter" describes pretty much everything the Supreme Court looks at. If it weren't urgent or important, they wouldn't even look at it at all.
Why? Why does this specific issue get to jump the line? Because it's something that you really care about?
Gay and interracial marriages had to wait in line. The right of a woman to have an abortion had to wait in line. The right of American citizens to not be placed in freaking concentration camps had to wait in line. Why is the right to not be spied on so special that everything else on SCOTUS's case list must take a backseat? Yes, it's a pressing matter and it's a terrible thing that the NSA is doing. But so is everything else that the Court looks at, too.
There is really no telling what has happened behind the scenes. Does kristallnacht ring any bells?
If you're referring to the murder of anti-Nazis within the German government, I believe you're thinking of the Night of the Long Knives, not Kristallnacht. Kristallnacht was a series of very public anti-Jewish riots.