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Comment: Re:It has an acronym , so it will fail. (Score 1) 149

by INT_QRK (#49321189) Attached to: Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM Education
The sciences are harder, less subjective and more rigorous, so of course GPA's are lower. Now, lets willingly suspend disbelief and stipulate that injecting money into STEM "programs" for women and minorities substantially increases STEM graduates in the U.S. Does that mean we will be able to reduce H1B visas because the workforce size is sufficient for demand? Or, does that mean we will have more STEM degrees working at Walmart, because H1B's will still cost less than indigenous workers? By the way, I can remember living in California in the early 70's when the lottery was being passed by proposition and promise that all of it would go to education. A lot of it did, and school facilities and staff, especially auxiliary non-teaching staff, increased significantly. Student achievement measured in standardized test scores, however, improved not a whit. So it goes.

Comment: Re: Politics aside for a moment. (Score 4, Interesting) 538

Setting aside completely whether I agree or disagree with your main point, I have to take exception with your assertion that "if you don't deploy you aren't real military anyway." Truth is, "real military" goes when and where "real military" is ordered to go, and does whatever job "real military" is assigned to do. If one spends one's tour in CONUS exclusively at a supply depot or on some administrative staff, it's because that's where Uncle Sam orders one, and that's where one contributes to overall national security. (I say this, by the way, from the perspective of one who has deployed operationally many, many, times over a military career spanning three decades -- no offense meant, just a pet peeve).

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 538

Two salient quotations, purely for enjoyment: (1) “Power tends to isolate those who hold too much of it. Eventually, they lose touch with reality ... and fall.” (2) “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.” -- FRANK HERBERT ("Dune Messiah," and "Heretics of Dune," respectively)

Comment: Re:Frank Herbert was right (Score 2) 784

by INT_QRK (#48831537) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
Note that Montgomery County, Maryland, is a bedroom community for the U.S. Capitol. Its residents are overwhelmingly denizens of the ecosystem of national government (government officials, workers, support contractors, lobbyists, and parasitic non-profits). As such Montgomery County, and indeed the Beltway megapolis at large, fully reflects the values and mores of those who consider themselves the ruling class. Yes, this is how these people view the world. This is how they see you as subjects.

Comment: Re:Why is this being covered on slashdot? (Score 1) 784

by INT_QRK (#48831297) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
How insightful. Greetings from the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Maryland (DPRM), and welcome to our highly advanced Nanny State. We are indeed programming future generations to utterly depend on the One Party for their wellbeing, cradle to grave, in joyful and obedient service to our elite maternal benefactors. statism |sttizm| noun a political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs: the rise of authoritarian statism.

Comment: Re:Anonymity == being a schmuck for a good number. (Score 1) 728

by INT_QRK (#48112239) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win
Concur. Every crime against a victim who happens to be a woman isn't a "Crime against women," any more than every crime whose victim hails from a particular race or religion isn't a crime against that race or religion. People need to stop blowing so much political smoke. It only makes the debate and all of its participants more stupid.

Comment: Re:Request the government to provide it (Score 2) 94

by INT_QRK (#48111875) Attached to: Accessing One's Own Metadata
The problem with that approach is that information releasable under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) does not include information that has been classified. Another kicker? The category of unclassified information administratively designated "For Official Use Only" (FOUO) is also exempt release under FOIA. Even though FOUO is clearly defined, its use is increasing applied with considerable discretion, to the effect that Agencies routinely mark nearly everything FOUO these days. I am neither defending nor condemning these practices, just explaining. "Catch-22 is a beauty, all right!" - Yossarian

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"