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Comment Another toy... (Score 0) 322

Another toy for the liberal elite to spend money on to somehow absolve themselves of all the guilt they feel for having money to spend on such toys, whilst simultaneously allowing them to look down their nose at the rest of us 'proles who have to drive these nasty, earth-killing, bunny-murdering cars that run on fossil fuels.

Get back to me when I can drive something that will carry me, my wife, and five kids 300 miles without have to stop for a 12-hour "refill" and costs under $40K.

Comment It's useful to consider the source. (Score 5, Insightful) 444

Look up Donna Ford's bio at Vanderbilt and you get this as her "Research Area":

Gifted with emphasis on minority children and youth; recruitment and retention of diverse students in gifted education; underachievement among diverse students; equity issues in testing and assessment; multicultural education; issues in urban education.

So basically Ford's entire area of expertise depends on FINDING bias in these programs. Perhaps she should acquaint herself with Confirmation Bias. If you look hard enough for anything, you'll find it whether it's there or not.

Further, the bias is explained by Ford as a fault of the gifted program, but she completely neglects CULTURAL FACTORS that also bias gifted involvement. There is, generally speaking, a cultural bias in the black community AGAINST academic excellence. It even has a name: "acting white." Blacks who use proper spelling and grammar are called "Oreo's," a derogatory term indicating they're "black on the outside but white on the inside." This is especially bad in poorer neighborhoods where "leaving the hood" is considered akin to being a racial traitor. Act like a thug, dress like a thug, eschew education in favor of "hanging out" and you're accepted. Anything else and you're ostracized.

Don't believe it? Ask around. It's common knowledge. Nobody wants to say it but everyone knows it's going on.

Comment Re:Religions and slavery (Score 1) 268

... but that part is settled *regardless* of what your religion says.

Curious, given that it is "settled", you can't come up with a single objective basis for this or any other ethical conclusion you have, from your worldview.

Settled? You haven't even gotten started. Refer to the last 2500 years on complete non-consensus in secular philosophy for that. Or to a naturalism notion of evolution--what wins, works. Period. Nothing more to say.

No justification whatsoever other than ones stolen from theism itself = "settled". Hmm...

Comment Re:Oh God (Score 1) 268

No, the basis of "nature", quantum behavior, is non-deterministic.

Deterministic behavior at a macro scale is inferred, though there are currently several companies quite comfortable with investing millions of dollars in the notion that quantum behavior can indeed result in large-scale "macro" effects.

Comment Re:there is no conflict between science and religi (Score 1) 268

"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned--"

Why do you think you're a member of "people"?

Very specifically. Clear, non-arbitrary, scientific DNA-based justifications for what biological structures are in the realm of "ethics" and which are not, will be fine.

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 1) 361

I'm actually happier with no salesmen and no hari krishnas in the waiting room

There are ways to deal with that which not only do not require security theater, but that were well in the works a decade before 9/11 which is why you probably haven't seen many of them at the airport in the 90's outside of movies:

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 1) 361

Are you saying that this is some sort of terrible hardship?

Terrible? No. Rather inconvenient more often than not? Yes.

Given the choice between waiting at the gate and trying to spot your person/group out of ~100-200 people getting off the plane you know them to be coming from is far far easier than trying to figure out which exit gate into baggage claim they will come out and when, all the while trying to guess which scrum of people happen to be from the same plane.

Plus, by doing that at the gate you distribute the load of reunions rather than cram even more full a poorly orchestrated baggage claim area.

I've long thought it fortuitous the rise of mobile phones since 9/11 as without them things like cell phone waiting lots and other means of 'quick' airport pickups just wouldn't be practical.

Comment Re:They Never thought he had a bomb... (Score 1) 361

Wow, someone who still things mens rea means a damn!

In far too many cases, simply 'causing alarm' is sufficient.

Example: In most states, openly carrying a firearm on your hip is legal. Depending on the area there are often restrictions as to where you can carry (bars, schools, playgrounds, etc) and what limitations private businesses can put on your carrying ("We prefer that patrons not carry firearms here so we must ask that you leave now, if you refuse we will ask the police to charge you with trespass" vs "Seems you missed our legally binding 'gun free zone' sign... guess what? you just committed a crime! Please wait here while the police come to arrest you").

It seems cut and dry, until enough people freak out that someone is carrying a gun and suddenly you can be facing charges despite acting fully within your rights.

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 1) 361

Was that because of your race... or the time you did it?

I suspect you are a bit older than he so come from a different time, as do I.

There was a time when carry on baggage was not screened for weapons or explosives prior to a flight.

There was a time it was not uncommon for rural high school students to keep a shotgun or rifle in their vehicle in the fall so that they could go for a quick hunt after school.

There was a time you could walk without a ticket up to the gate at an airport and meet your loved ones when they arrived.

Unfortunately we do not live in those times anymore.

Comment Re:Silly story... (Score 4, Insightful) 361

Plain out-and-out racism and denying this kid his civil rights.

You have specific evidence that he was singled out because of his race? Or is that your own bias showing?

If so, why then so much less outrage & support for the kid who pointed a chicken finger at another student, or the pop-tart gun kid, or the kid who wrote a story about shooting a dinosaur? I don't think any of them got invited to the White House.

Comment Re:It's A Different World Today (Score 1) 193

You really should read more than the headline... the study started by looking at households where a death had already happened and then asking if there were any firearms in the house and so largely ignores the rest of the homes where firearms exist safely and without killing anyone.

Correlation != causation.

Comment Re:Poptarts have gotten the same response (Score 1) 193

statistically speaking, owning a gun increases the danger to you and your loved ones, a notion your anecdote supports

Cherry picked & misrepresented statistics do say that yes.

If someone is desiring to kill themselves or others, having a gun around does sometime lead to an uptick in deaths due to guns... if they don't have a gun around it causes an uptick in knife, auto, blunt object and other deaths... which never seem to matter for some reason.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen