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Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 1089

by JonathanR (#49310727) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

As far as implementing the "universal competency of critical thinking"... I said no such thing and I don't think any sane person would think it is possible.

You actually did say such a thing. You said...

Demand that children are COMPETENT in critical thinking...

Now, words have meaning, you know? The word "demand" tends to mean:

a forceful statement in which you say that something must be done or given to you.

The word "children" was used as a collective with no qualifier, which implies universality, at least from the point of implementation of whatever grotesque plan you had in mind.

Your demand was competency, in capital letters no less. Therefore, you are suggesting that at some point in the future, there is universal competency in critical thinking skills.

There you have it; that's my critical thinking of your forceful suggestion.

Comment: Re:There is other evidence (Score 1) 152

by JonathanR (#49207329) Attached to: Sewage Bacteria Reveal Cities' Obesity Rates

I wouldn't be surprised if the metabolic wastes of the internal gut flora played a significant role in what nutrients get digested and absorbed and what otherwise would pass through. Perhaps a significant proportion of the nutrients we absorb is not from food, per se, but from the metabolic wastes of gut flora.

Comment: Re:Can't eat what you don't grow (Score 1) 690

by JonathanR (#49014571) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

Capitalism isn't the problem. State-sponsored capitalism is the problem. Those who accumulate the wealth should bear the financial burden of protecting the wealth. Currently, the most egregious accumulations of wealth (by absentee owners) have its protection subsidized by the middle class taxpayers (financing the law enforcement and judicial system) and the general obedience of a polite society (indoctrinated into accepting nebulous property rights, such as IP).

"Life sucks, but it's better than the alternative." -- Peter da Silva