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Comment: Re: We need More Pork! More! (Score 1) 370

by DrLang21 (#49424715) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects
It could certainly change the dynamic to have more than two parties in office. But I can't imagine getting a third party in office would come without generational change. Even when there are third parties on the ballot, there is a perception that it is a wasted vote, so people don't bother. Campaign financing and access to the major privately funded public debates is a big part of the issue. When Perot had both, he demonstrated what was possible. But funding is a serious problem and since debates are privately sponsored, the government can't force candidate inclusion. Maybe I am too dire on the situation. But forced run off elections and guaranteed ballot inclusion don't really go very far to promote change. Money is the problem. And now with corporations opening their pockets to candidates and parties more than ever, the problem seems to be worse than it ever has been.

Comment: Re: We need More Pork! More! (Score 1) 370

by DrLang21 (#49422629) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects
The real reason moderates have been tossed aside is because it is a lot more expensive to campaign to them. All politicians have figured out that it is much more cost effective to divide people into an us vs them mentality and drive them to the polls through fear. You will no longer find many successful candidates who campaign to the middle because it just requires too much damn money. How can you compete when your opponent can spend orders of magnitude less per vote that you can trying to run a sensible campaign? The only long term solution is to raise children to think independently and to have enough emotional maturity to break away from the group when it goes insane. Hopefully over time the middle can be strengthened to the point of making FUD campaigns not cost effective any more. It doesn't look too though because even if the "independent" vote is growing, I see no evidence that they do not fall into a right or left camp.

Comment: Re:screw the system (Score 5, Insightful) 284

by DrLang21 (#49209687) Attached to: UK Gov't Asks: Is 10 Years In Jail the Answer To Online Pirates?

Prison is also supposed to be for punishment.

He said should. I have to agree with his sentiment. When people go into prison, they spend years learning from the worst of society. When they get out, no one will hire them for a serious job with their record. So when you put people in prison who are not dangerous, you are consciously deciding to transform them into a dangerous person. This is about as counter productive of a justice system as you can get.

Comment: Re: Hitting 36 years old (Score 1) 552

by DrLang21 (#48678411) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In
Sounds like you are at a company that probably values longevity of employment. Problem is there is a growing trend of companies that do not value long employment and drop their employees at a moments notice when the annual financials don't meet guidance. Consequently, us younger folk have no notion of company loyalty in us and will jump ship as soon as we get offered something better. Eventually you get to a point where you have moved up too high and are too old. You either find one of the rare senior positions, or you drop out once your employer spits you out.

Comment: Re: Hell, by that logic... (Score 1) 552

by DrLang21 (#48678373) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Why isn't there a push to bring in the foreign doctors?

Bad example. There is a push, but we're looking at pure protectionism. Doctors have the AMA guild with enough money to make it near impossible for a doctor without an MD from a US institution to get a license to practice medicine in the US. You could be a naturalized citizen with a MD from a top British med school and have no hope of ever practicing medicine in theUS without going back to school.

Comment: Re: I don't even... (Score 4, Interesting) 323

by DrLang21 (#48653879) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline
The thing most people seem to fail at understanding is that training children is a lot like training dogs. They are habitual creatures (even adults are to a large extent) and learn a lot of behavior through mimicking and repetition. You don't always need to explain with words. Taking a toddlers hand when they are calm and stroking the family cat nicely while explaining with a very positive tone is the same as teaching the child to not hit the cat. Hitting a child for negative behavior is teaching them to hit others for behavior they personally find disagreeable. Its not a perfect 1:1 corellation of behavior because we all have conflicting habits that balance each behavior like a neural net.

Comment: Re:Political Correctness on massive steroids (Score 1) 556

by DrLang21 (#48633475) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate
Oh man that link has me clutching my sides in laughter. Thank you. The idea that anyone would be concerned about metal getting "sanitized" when it's already such a fringe industry is hilarious. The labels are small and don't care. The musicians don't care. Most of it is sold outside of major chain stores anyways, and most of them probably do not care.

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