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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 446

1. There are a lot of people there
2. You get on the news and the President mentions what you did
3. Everyone went to school. It's a familiar place. Shooters probably don't have happy memories of school.
4. Kids don't know how to fight back. Most of the staff are women. It's a gun free zone. If you do it there, you have the maximum relative power over everyone else.
5. When something bad happens at a school, they go on lockdown and all your victims are stuck in the building. When someone shoots up a mall, everyone runs and soon the place is empty of victims and the only people left are threats to you.
6. Politics reigns. There's a good chance the incident will be blamed on someone/something besides the shooter.
7. It worked for the last school shooters, and the ones before that. Shooters are learning. The people who are supposed to protect the schools aren't.
8. Why not? (Seriously. This is a challenge. Come up with a good answer that can't be countered with the grievance mixed with nihilism that US culture has become.)

No other target is so soft or so well known to the shooters. Maybe someone should come up with a realistic security plan someday? You know, after the politicians get done playing it up for political advantage and fundraising.

Comment Re:ooh, ooh, I know how to fix this problem (Score 1) 203

You also pay 6.2% Social security tax + 1.45% Medicare tax. And your employer matches that -- money your employer pays for your work that you never get and never even see in your gross pay. That's 14.9% total.

You also pay extra for every service and every product you buy because the people who produce them have to charge you extra to pay their tax bill.

Comment The US can't do it (Score 2, Insightful) 109

The US can't have any policy agenda on anything. The Wrong People might benefit. Depending on your perspective, The Wrong People have the bad gender, or the bad skin color, or they're too rich, or they're from the bad country, or the bad states, or they have the bad religion, or the bad politics, or the bad associations, or the bad hobbies. Or they're insensitive to people who deserve special consideration. Or someone might make a profit. Or someone might pay less in taxes. Or someone might not get set-asides. Wages might not meet "living wage" standards. An animal might get hurt or stressed out. Someone might spend Too Much on advertising and marketing. Or everyone might not benefit from it equally. Or it might not save the planet fast enough. That's why we can't do it.

Comment Re:Time vs. "fun" (Score 1) 246

Seems hard to believe. But even if true (and no one offers any evidence or any supporting arguments at all, just anonymous claims posted on the Internet), what's fun for a very small subset of people isn't necessarily going to be fun for anyone else.

Comment Re:Not everything is fun (Score 1) 246

Because they can vote? Because if even two of them can find their way out of the door they've outvoted the one with a clue?

Why should the "science" crowd be given political power over their neighbors? Has that worked out well historically? Any reasoning behind this at all, or do you just want more political power over people, regardless of the benefits to anyone besides yourself?

Comment Re:Time vs. "fun" (Score 1) 246

My father was a computer scientist and oceanographer for 40 years and always marveled at the fact that people would pay him to do what he would gladly do for free. He had quite a bit of fun.

People exaggerate. When someone says something like this, it's not literally true.

Comment Re:Not everything is fun (Score 1) 246

just as important is getting the other 999 kids to understand why science and its applications are wothwhile

Why? How do you measure "important"?

we wouldn't have to watch Asian countries stride boldly into the future without us.

Pretty sure "the future" is available to everyone, so it's really not clear what you're trying to say.

These are just platitudes we're all supposed to mindlessly agree with, right?

Comment Re:Time vs. "fun" (Score 1) 246

I still doubt it. But if someone genuinely experiences "joy" doing such work, then I'd suggest that's not a feeling that would be common to a large percentage of people. I'm not sure why everyone should have to do things a specific way because that method might appeal to a small minority. Maybe one-size-fits-all government education isn't really desirable...?

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.