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Comment: The thankless job of solving nonexisting problem (Score 0) 187

I work on concrete solutions to climate change

Solving a problem, that does not exist. Yes, I understand, why you can't find yourself a real job.

I do this work because I think that humanity is on a reckless and destructive path

Right. Working for the great idea, saving stupid humans from themselves, while fending off ignorant assholes making fun of your sacrifice. Oh, the pain...

Now, can you list 2 or 3 successful predictions made by climate science in the past 2 decades? Each entry must include a link to a prediction and a link confirming it materializing within 80% of the predicted value(s)... The links for each entry much be 5 years apart or more (that is, predicting tomorrow's weather does not qualify). Game?

Comment: Re:Who actually believes this stuff? (Score 1) 886

by Yaztromo (#49616141) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

If you set up an event specifically designed to insult/offend/antagonise a particular religion, you're always going to get a response like this from someone.

Please stop spouting nonsense...

Yeah, like those times when the Orange Order held their parades in Northern Ireland, celebrating victory in a battle over 300 years ago, where everyone had cake and ice cream went home with balloons.

No, wait, that's not right -- according to this for over 100 years people have been killed, seriously injured, homes and cars have been set ablaze, and bombs have been thrown around like footballs. In 1998, three brothers between the ages of 8 and 10 were murdered when their house burned to the ground from a thrown firebomb.

That was between two Christian groups and was over a parade.


Comment: Re:Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 1) 886

by Yaztromo (#49615621) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

When Christians show up with guns blazing, or hiding suicide bombs, or anything like that, then you might have something.

What, like The Troubles (aka The Northern Ireland Conflict)?

Let's see -- sectarian violence between two Christian groups (Catholics and Protestants) who were divided on purely religious grounds, that lasted for at least 30 years, with over 3500 confirmed dead and over 47 000 wounded. Where in one year alone, there were over 1300 bombings (including suitcase bombs and car bombs in populated areas).

And while it somewhat "officially" ended in 1998, there have been over 100 deaths since that time.

So let's tally it up somewhat -- Christians showing up with guns blazing? Check. Christians hiding bombs? Check. Looks like I have something!

Either you're 12 years old and don't remember how Christian-on-Christian sectarian violence in Northern Ireland was a near daily news item, you're being deliberately obtuse, or you're a complete moron. I'll leave you to decide which one.


Comment: Re:Not just ineffective (EEO bullshit) (Score 1) 346

by mi (#49614733) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

is not a thought crime, it's an ACTUAL crime

False dilemma. A thought crime can be — is, indeed — an actual crime. If you do not hire somebody, the contents of your thoughts determines, whether you've committed a crime or not. That makes it a thought crime, though I'm glad to see you being repulsed by USA prosecuting such crimes — to the point, where you are willing to go into denial and state, that we do not...

it's not a good, or justifiable reason.

The whole point I am making is that it should not have to be "good" or "justifiable". In fact, there should be no need for any reason at all.

what possible part could age play in the decision?

It is none of our business. Both literally and otherwise...

+ - Fired for hating her job->

Submitted by mi
mi writes: A Texas woman, newly hired by a day care center, wrote on Facebook: "I absolutely hate working at a day care. I just really hate being around a lot of kids." When the would-be employer learned about it, she was fired before her first day at work.
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Comment: Re:Not just ineffective (EEO bullshit) (Score 1) 346

by mi (#49614449) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

How is it "immoral"?

You are forcing somebody to do, what they do not want to do — without any sort of force majore justification (like spreading contagion or enemy invasion). That's immoral.

it's about "deed" - actively discriminating against someone for reasons irrelevant to the job

The "deed" consists of not hiring for illegal reasons. Whether the reasons were legal or not depends on the thoughts the accused had. That's what makes it a thought-crime.

Comment: Re:Not just ineffective (EEO bullshit) (Score 1) 346

by mi (#49614375) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Many people believe that people should have significant freedom in the management of their personal lives, but the actions that businesses can take should be carefully limited and closely monitored

The phenomenon you are describing does exist and is explained simply by the majority of voters not being in corporate management and not feeling the "other side" of the laws sold to them.

Whether Mr. Owner and Mr. Manager are assholes or not, the company is still theirs to run.

in order to protect against wanton anti-competitive behavior, environmental damage, or economic strangulation

Bzzzz! Conflation-attempt detected. Fail.

Comment: Re:Not just ineffective (EEO bullshit) (Score 1) 346

by mi (#49614323) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Sorry, son, but society voted and you're wrong.

Ah, so "right" and "wrong" can be determined by popular vote now?

Is not that nice... All those committees voting for Pi to be "3" or for rejecting the theory of evolution are now vindicated, aren't they?

Your response is an example of Appeal to Authority: unable to defend the point yourself, you can only state, that some others support it. Fail.

Comment: Not just ineffective (EEO bullshit) (Score 0) 346

by mi (#49614023) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

It is not just ineffective. The "anti-discrimination" laws are also immoral — they seek to punish thought-crimes and force employers into hiring those, whom they do not wish to hire, for whatever reason.

The reason may be wrong, but that's irrelevant — liberty certainly includes freedom to be stupid and a bigot. We surrendered that essential freedom in the hope of some sort of safety... As predicted, we lost both and deserve neither.

+ - Montana man arrested after 'liking' his most wanted poster on Facebook->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp writes: A Montana man was arrested last month after he apparently "liked" his most wanted poster on a Crimestoppers Facebook page.

Levi Charles Reardon was arrested April 24 after he liked his photo on the Cascade County Crimestoppers Facebook page, according to the Great Falls Tribune. The newspaper reportedly captured a screenshot of it before Reardon revoked the like.

Reardon, 23, who is accused of felony forgery after he allegedly stole a wallet and cashed forged checks, was then apprehended by police without incident, the newspaper reported.

He made his initial court appearance last week. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

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Comment: Re:i don't understand the premise of the post (Score 1) 235

by mi (#49612299) Attached to: VA Tech Student Arrested For Posting Perceived Threat Via Yik Yak

It shouldn't be ok to incite mass panic (yelling fire in a crowded venue)

It shouldn't, huh? How about statements like "President is a war-criminal" or "He is not a natural-born citizen" — can such speech not some day be banned under the same doctrine? Because it does interfere with the government's efficiency and, consequently, the entire country's quality of life, does not it? We might think this ridiculous today, but many countries — including the various worker's paradises — consider insulting the Dear Leader a felony already. Don't you recognize a slippery slope while sliding down on it?

There is a movement to ban "hate speech" already. The entire Yik Yak app is banned on many campuses and today's students are being trained to accept such a ban already, so it can not be far away, that the thought-police spills out from those institutions into the rest of our world.

For the past 7 years, the number one rebuttal to any critics of the current President was that they are "haters". Do you think, we are far away from the sitting President becoming off-limits for criticism? We aren't — and it all started, when we were sold the bogus premise of "some speech ought to be illegal"...

It is naive to think that complete, and total, freedom of speech was ever intended.

Is it naive? Then I share my naivete with Benjamin Franklin, for example — a Founding Father — who considered any abuses of the freedom of speech to be a lesser evil than entrusting anyone the power to suppress them. For example:

Those abuses of the freedom of speech are exercises of liberty. They ought to be repressed; but to whom dare we to entrust the care of doing it. An evil magistrate intrusted with power to punish for words, would be armed with a weapon the most destructive and terrible. Under pretense of pruning off the exuberant branches he would be apt to destroy the tree.

Do you honestly believe, the fine magistrates of the 21st century Virginia would've helped calm Franklin's fears of that "the most destructive and terrible" weapon?

Comment: Re:"xenophobic fascist" (Score 1) 886

by TubeSteak (#49610589) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

The others aren't just prepared to murder Wilders. They want to abolish democracy and replace it with sharia law, and kill the Untermenschen i.e. the unbelievers.

Please don't try and conflate Islamic fundamentalism and the Nazis.
Untermenschen does not mean "the unbelievers" it means "the under-man"

The American who first used the term in the context of inherent inferiority, which is how we understand it, said thusly:
"This term is The Under-Man the man who measures under the standards of capacity and adaptability imposed by the social order in which he lives."

That same year, he also published The New World of Islam where, if you glance at the chapter titles, you'll notice he calls Muslims "Bolsheviks."
Unsurprisingly, this is the same label that the Nazis attached to the Jews in an effort to slur them.
(And no, Bolshevism and communism are not the same as national socialism. The Nazis weren't commies.)

Comment: Re:Liberty (Score 3, Insightful) 886

by TubeSteak (#49610291) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Reliance upon the government to protect you after you have insulted someone is not freedom

What exactly is it that you think Government does?

Because collective security is the most basic function of Government.

As an example, if you insult the King of Thailand, the only thing keeping the Thai government from crossing borders to take you in for prosecution is your government.
Or do you think you can defend yourself against the resources of a nation state?

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.