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Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 434

"That isn't ADD, it's being bored"

I think you miss the point. The point is that one task cannot take up his entire attention (the ability to focus).

I've never been DXd with ADD or ADHD -- but I am aspy. I similarly had the issue described above. However, I found my work-around was to have the TV playing in the background or listen to an audio book or music while I did homework. It needed to be something I was already familiar with so it wouldn't draw too much of my attention. That way, the part of me which WAS working on something that needed to get done wouldn't get bored or become easily distracted.

In class, I had a number of other "work arounds". I would "ignore" the teacher and work on another subject while they lectured (if it was material I could get from the book). Or I might find something mildly entertaining to think about (for me it was reciting Monty Python sketches in my head) if I needed to focus on the lecture. I found I could also focus better without distractions when taking notes if I used multi-colored pens and categorized sections by color.

My understanding is the ADD/ADHD crowd could NOT really adapt the way I could and as I've gotten older, I've been able to wrangle in the various "bubbles" of attention in to problem solving groups without needing to "trick" myself with outside diversions.

One of my earliest memories from elementary school (probably 2nd or 3rd grade) was when I was talking with a class mate and the teacher interrupted me and asked me to repeat what she had been saying. I went on to repeat everything she said for the last 5 mins. She was an awesome teacher -- She got me. She explained to me that while *I* could pay attention while doing other things others could not and I needed to find something else to do that wasn't distracting to THEM.

Comment Re:When you define anything as "cheating"... (Score 1) 705

"and suddenly there's this whole cultural framework that swings into action, expectations and semi-elaborated rituals."

Evolution isn't just about biology -- it's about culture, too. If there are 'taboos' it's because they serve a purpose. If there are 'semi-elaborate' rituals, then it is likewise because they serve a purpose.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 2) 113

"you have to realize that such a thing will never happen because the sentiment that "voting should not be easy" has been historically equivalent to "voting should only be done by white male landowners.""

Oh I realize it. I question if it will "never" happen but have no illusions about how incredibly unlikely it is.

If we did a decent job educating our population about our nations founding we would have a better understanding of the dangers of democracy. We have a democratic republic not to give people the vote and power but to prevent the government from abusing the powers granted to it by the people. Our founders were nearly as frighted about a tyranny of the people as they were of monarchy. The Senate was originally seated by state legislatures and *NOT* popular vote to off-set the publicly elected House members (the 17th amendment changed that) to help prevent such tyranny.

Our system was designed to move SLOW on purpose -- not just because of huge distances and travel time of the 18th century.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 3, Insightful) 113

'Don't forget the 2nd question, "are you white?"'

Cute -- and people usually go there. You might make the argument that my suggestion for props might be a "literacy" test and perhaps you are right. Again, if you can't read the documentation on props how can you cast an informed vote? With regards to your representative -- you just need to recognize a name. There's no difference NOW going in other than if you can't recognize the name on the screen/ballot NOW, how would someone illiterate cast a vote? And any other jim-crow crap doesn't really apply to my suggestion.

How is asking who your Representative currently is targeting anyone's race? Or even education level? The only group it targets are those who aren't interested enough to be familiar with what their representatives are doing or what props they are voting for/against. I think this is a general 'good'.

Seriously? How can you expect democracy to work when people randomly "check boxes"? The only people who should vote are those that care enough to be familiar with what their government is doing. Otherwise, just roll dice.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 3, Insightful) 113

I don't trust most voters. I believe them to be blissfully ignorant.

If I could "make @&^% happen" I would force a simple test for people wishing to cast a ballot.

Something like: "Who is your current city assemblyman?". Even make it multiple choice. If you can't answer, you cant vote for your districts assemblyman. Same for all other offices state and federal. *

Also, don't include a list of what each "Prop" is pro or con. Just a question: "Which is Prop 205?" -- and you select from a multiple choice (the actual text of the prop) -- if you get it right, you get to vote yes/no on it.

Voting should not be easy. It should be hard. Get rid of "mail in voting" for all except those who are really out of the country or home/hospital bound. It'll weed out those who really don't give a crap. I believe it would have the added effect of limiting influence of "money" on campaigns since only those who have really taken the time to learn who their representatives are and/or local propositions are will be likely to cast a ballot.

* allow for some exceptions -- say for "new to district" folks.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 5, Insightful) 113

"a lot of these are tweeted by interns" ... "no reason to jump on someone for saying the wrong thing on a slow news day"

I disagree. Shouldn't a politician also be judged by the quality of people they appoint and how they respond to inept and irresponsible actions by them?

Comment Re:Alternative to Clinton? (Score 1) 676

" a Trump presidency becomes a much more likely and scarier scenario."

In what universe? That aint going to happen. Trump is only a blip right now because he's talking about a subject no other politician on either side is touching -- and it's one that resonates very strong with America -- both "R" and "D". Even a broken clock is right twice a day -- and Trump's broken clock is stuck on "immigration".

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 4, Insightful) 676

That's not true. Legions will support her because she has a "D" after her name. Seriously, a hen could be running and get 30% of the vote if it had a "D" after it's name. Same is true for the republicans and an "R" after there name.

The problem is we are voting for PARTY above the PERSON. Biggest flipping mistake a human can make in selecting leaders.

Comment Re:This is outrageous (Score 1) 274

" this victimless crime "

Lets be honest. This is *NOT* a victimless crime. If someone releases countless copies of some song or movie then it devalues the original media just like copies of $100 bills devalue currency. Yes, there are many many examples of those wouldn't pay for a DVD or CD if they couldn't get it for free -- but it's not universal.

I know my purchasing habits have changed -- and so have my rental habits with the availability of media the way it is.

Comment Re:Unsupported assertions (Score 1) 285

The example I used was salt.

"There really is nothing to show that salt is bad for you."

Increased salt intake is generally believed to be bad for you in the scientific community.


There is one area of consensus: Both sides agree that eating too much salt, especially for people with high blood pressure, can be dangerous.

The critical disagreement concerns how to define “too much.”

Very low level of salt consumption is bad -- and so is very high. And the amounts in many canned foods are very high for single entrees (example already provided).

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.