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Comment: Re:"Women" have done no such thing (Score 1) 209

In this journal entry I posit that SJWs 15 minutes of fame is almost over. There's some arguments going on there for both sides (ok, all sorts of sides).

SJWs have shown themselves to be trolls looking for emotional, rather than rational, reactions. Probably because it's not all that exciting to try to actually solve the problems via calm discussions, and it doesn't get them the attention their egos crave.

They've done everyone on both sides of the gender divide a disservice by polarizing people. Fortunately their credibility is shot to heck, though it's going to take a while for anyone who is a bit gun-shy because of them to re-engage in more rational discussion.

Comment: Re:My message to SJW (Score 1) 33

by BarbaraHudson (#49351579) Attached to: SJWs 15 minutes of fame is almost over.

As an addendum, PC is also the *intersection* of discouraging certain speech and protected groups. So you can't have the latter without the former. If there are protected groups, and therefore consequences (legal, that you probably support, or social, that SJW's inflict) for crossing them, they can and will be used even if one is not crossing them; that's human nature.

You're stereotyping all people based on extremists. Most people don't take legal action unless the other party's behavior was intentionally motivated by an intent to harm them.

So if a man gets promoted over a woman, in some cases the man will genuinely be the better performer, but the woman experiences the popular Dunning-Kruger Effect and sues. Or if a man says something to a woman at work and she takes it the wrong way, another lawsuit. So no one will want to work with people in these protected groups, out of fear. And organizations will be less likely to hire them in the first place.

Just because something (a lawsuit) happens sometimes doesn't mean it happens all the time, or even all that often. Your implied assumption in both cases is that people will always act in bad faith.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 844

They can always sub-contract it out and take their 20%. But do you honestly think that neo-nazis are going to want to eat only kosher? No bacon, no ham, etc.? (And the bakery isn't discriminating by refusing to supply non-kosher food to them because they don't supply it to anyone).

Comment: Re:My message to SJW (Score 1) 33

by BarbaraHudson (#49351525) Attached to: SJWs 15 minutes of fame is almost over.

Good troll. The antics of SJWs don't advance the conversation. Maybe it's not PC to talk against them if you're "on the left", but who gives a darn? They're trolls too.

Stop making a big damn deal over a select few types of discrimination when there's probably hundreds of them in total.

So, since we can't address all the problems right now, we shouldn't bother even trying to address a few of them? That's pretty defeatist. It's also assuming a false dichotomy.

Comment: Re:the injustice invention factory's running 3 shi (Score 1) 33

by BarbaraHudson (#49351481) Attached to: SJWs 15 minutes of fame is almost over.

People should get equal pay for equal worth. Tall people should not get paid more where it's irrelevant to the job (exceptions would be the NBA, for example). So yes, pay inequity among workers based on height is also wrong, and also a bead-and-butter issue.

What's needed is more transparency in pay scales, better-defined performance metrics, etc. Unions are good at doing this, but too many people are anti-union.

When I said 'Sure, their lack of respect is their problem - until it affects me," I was pointing out a reality - as long as people don't express their lack of respect for others, who cares? But when they express their lack of respect for others, then it certainly has an effect on those around them. If someone doesn't like who and what I am, but don't say or do anything that would reflect that, then it's only their problem. When they go from thought to deed, then it affects me as well.

+ - Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground in U.S.->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Millennial tech workers are entering the U.S. workforce at a comparable disadvantage to other tech workers throughout the industrialized world, according to study earlier this year from Educational Testing Services (PDF). How do U.S. millennials compare to their international peers, at least according to ETS? Those in the 90th percentile (i.e., the top-scoring) actually scored lower than top-scoring millennials in 15 of the 22 studied countries; low-scoring U.S. millennials ranked last (along with Italy and England/Northern Ireland). While some experts have blamed the nation's education system for the ultimate lack of STEM jobs, other studies have suggested that the problem isn't in the classroom; a 2014 report from the U.S. Census Bureau suggested that many of the people who earned STEM degrees didn't actually go into careers requiring them. In any case, the U.S. is clearly wrestling with an issue; how can it introduce more (qualified) STEM people into the market (yes, Dice link)?"
Link to Original Source

+ - GAO denied access to Webb telescope workers by Northrop Grumman

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "In a report as well as at House hearings today the GAO reported that Northrop Grumman has denied them one-on-one access to workers building the James Webb Space Telescope.

The interviews, part of a running series of GAO audits of the NASA flagship observatory, which is billions of dollars overbudget and years behind schedule, were intended to identify potential future trouble spots, according to a GAO official. But Northrop Grumman Aerospace, which along with NASA says the $9 billion project is back on track, cited concerns that the employees, 30 in all, would be intimidated by the process.

To give Northrop Grumman the benefit of the doubt, these interviews were a somewhat unusual request. Then again, if all was well why would they resist? Note too that the quote above says the cost of the telescope project is now $9 billion. If the project was “back on track: as the agency and Northrop Grumman claim, than why has the budget suddenly increased by another billion?"

+ - Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements...For Warehouse Workers

Submitted by Rick Zeman
Rick Zeman (15628) writes "Amazon, perhaps historically only second to NewEgg in the IT nerdling's online shopping heart, not only has treated their warehouse workers to appalling working condtions, but they're also making them sign a non-compete agreement for the privilege. Excerpt from the agreement:
During employment and for 18 months after the Separation Date, Employee will not, directly or indirectly, whether on Employee’s own behalf or on behalf of any other entity (for example, as an employee, agent, partner, or consultant), engage in or support the development, manufacture, marketing, or sale of any product or service that competes or is intended to compete with any product or service sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon (or intended to be sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon in the future)...."

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 844

If the Constitution hasn't granted Congress the power to pass those respective laws, then they're unconstitutional and will be unenforceable in court.

The Constitution sets limits on the powers of the federal government, as well as its responsibilities and powers.

Those powers not reserved by the federal government are powers that fall to the individual states. And individual states handle things like incorporating towns and cities, and give them the right to regulate and tax activities and properties within their boundaries.

Or have you forgotten that most of the individual states have legalized same-sex marriage, because they have the power to?

Comment: Re:Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 107

I've never used that argument. Peoples privacy wishes SHOULD be respected. At the same time, I think that the more open you are about yourself, the more other people will get to know the real you and trust you.

In a way it's a trade-off. But really, people are talking about blackmail and other paranoid examples of how your private info can be used against you by the police, the government, big business, etc. You know, the "usual suspects." That's more than a bit paranoid.

One of the examples is how you can be discriminated for health insurance coverage if they know your full medical history. This ignores the fact that your policy would be voided if there were pre-existing conditions or other significant risk factors that you didn't declare.

The real way to avoid this problem is to have universal health and drug coverage, the same as many other countries. No need for private medical coverage, so no invasive questions.

Every year, there are fewer and fewer ways to blackmail someone, because so many of the social strictures from a more prudish time are gone. So, even if they have the information, they can't use it to coerce you.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson