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Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 0) 185

Someone has to set the educational standards for the entire country. ..and you're willing to leave that up to the whims of politicians?

We can't have 50 states marching to a different drummer, especially when we have a political culture that values ignorance over intelligence.

I think it's hilarious that you believe central authority is a remedy to this problem.


Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 2) 185

I remember the push back in the late '70s and early '80s when the educrats were tossing around the term "computer literacy" to try to scare the politicians into giving them more money. A lot of kids who didn't give a shit about coding were forced to waste time writing BASIC programs to shit out multiplication tables and biorhythms.

Rahm Emmanuel should STFU about things he doesn't know shit about. Shame on anyone in Chicago who ever voted for that asshole.


Comment Bingo (Score 1) 368

the San Francisco and Silicon Valley communities have gotten themselves into a trap where preservationists and local politics

The housing bubble in the bay area is a direct result of government interference in the housing market. Every local government around here is extremely hostile to new construction, especially to increasing housing density.

A plot of land with a five million dollar single-family house on it would be worth far more if you put a ten-story apartment building on it, and it would make homes available at far lower cost for far more people.


Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 448

You sad little man.

I'm sad that idiots like you exist.

The long and short of it is, when shit happens, it's better to be prepared than unprepared. Colin Ferguson was able to reload twice before people figured out that he wasn't going to stop and rushed him. One responsible person with a gun could have stopped him immediately. Anders Brevik killed 69 people, all disarmed and helpless.

I truly hope you never have to face that situation, but if you do, I hope that someone who isn't as fucking irresponsible as you are is on hand to save your smug, stupid ass.


Comment Re:Safety (Score 4, Insightful) 448

no evidence that arming the victims prevents mass shootings.

What's your next guess? Read and learn.

Besides Volokh's very informative research, I'll ask if you've ever hear of a country called "Israel"? There's a reason why the Palestinian terrorists gave up on trying to shoot up shopping malls and switched to half-assed rocketry.

1 in 5 chance that a mass shooting will use weapons the killer didn't own but obtained from gun owners on site.


Why is it that when you leftards pull a number out of your ass, you always go for 20%? That's just like the bogus claim that one in five women will get raped in college.


Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky