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Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 585

It's the implication that they will be using taxpyer dollars for a school that provides STEM specialized education to girls ONLY.

Want to learn STEM? Sorry little boy! Lose the dick and maybe we can use some of your mom and dad's tax dollars to help you. Otherwise, fuck off!

Comment: Can we get some all-white/all-black schools too? (Score 5, Funny) 585

First of all, I would just like to say that I applaud this move on the part of the L.A. school district. In the spirit of these groundbreaking projects, I would like to propose a similar measure here in Alabama that would help advance learning among our students as well. My new initiative would launch a series of White-only and Black-only schools that would better serve to the individual needs of students and help them to feel more comfortable in schools where they can feel free to speak freely and learn in a less hostile environment.

Comment: Re:How are you going to "cure" a ravaged brain? (Score 2) 309

It would be no less effective and much less cruel to forgo the $50,000 cryogenic freezing and just sell the grieving parents a $100 "Time Travel Rescue Promissory Note," promising that when time travel is invented in the future, your company will come back and save their kid before her or she dies.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 3, Informative) 309

Any sort of freezing process destroys every cell wall, basically. The ice crystals that form from the water in our cells are like little glass spikes. There is no coming back from that. You have about as much change of resurrecting a cow from ground up beef.

Comment: How are you going to "cure" a ravaged brain? (Score 2) 309

Not to be too harsh about it, but presumably, brain cancer ravished her brain, right? Even putting aside that cryogenic freezing is bullshit pseudoscience to begin with, how exactly would finding a cure for brain cancer in the future help someone who already had their brain destroyed by it? That's like giving FDR the polio vaccine and expecting him to walk again.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 2, Insightful) 319

by NotDrWho (#49487801) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The best way to make sure the person taking care of something does their job is to allow them to own it and force them to compete in an actual market.

You mean the kind of competition that had U.S. banks handing out mortgages to anyone with a pulse a few years ago? Yeah, capitalism in action! Just watch the free market benefit us all!

Comment: Re:Deflection (Score 4, Insightful) 319

by NotDrWho (#49487711) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

Usually in these school procurement cases there is some third-party company behind the mess when you dig into it. And you find that either they sold some gullible school officials on a bunch of bullshit promises or they bribed them, or both. Either way, the company walks away with the money, the gullible officials are never reprimanded, and the only ones who pay the price are the taxpayers who have to foot the bill and the students who have to use old books because they were supposed to be using the SuperPad-Gonna-Solve-All-Your-Problems-Learning-WonderDevice instead of new ones.

Comment: Re:Students + Anonimity = some false accusations (Score 4, Insightful) 231

by NotDrWho (#49485239) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

Get raped, and generally one will be treated like they deserved it, or are making it up, or are just having regrets, or are simply trying to 'take advantage' of some innocent man.

You know, I keep HEARING that claim. But I don't think I've ever once seen any actual evidence of it (not in recent decades, anyway). When a rape victim walks into a police station today saying "I've been raped," I'm pretty damned sure they don't immediately take her to an interrogation room and start accusing her of making it up. AFAIK the SOP in just about any police station is to quickly get her story, get to her a hospital for a rape kit, and then arrest the accused if there is sufficient evidence of the crime. Many police stations and hospitals even have rape counselors who show up now and assist the victim. The standard presumption initially is to believe the accuser, particularly if there is physical evidence to back up the crime.

It's only later in the process that good police officers (ones not being spurred on by grandstanding prosecutors) will follow up with a more thorough examination of the evidence. And then, yes, they will ask more detailed questions of both the accuser and accused--and possibly even question their stories. Because that's THEIR JOB, to not take accusations or denials at face value and to look at the evidence, question witnesses, etc.

Comment: Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 5, Insightful) 231

by NotDrWho (#49484983) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

Did anyone else see that report last weekend on "60 Minutes" about the Duke lacrosse coach? The guy wasn't even accused of a crime, only COACHING the men who were accused. And those men were all PROVEN INNOCENT. And even still, it cost the guy his job and still follows him to this day. And that was for coaching innocent men!

That's the kind of damage even being ASSOCIATED with someone FALSELY ACCUSED of such a crime can do.

Comment: Students + Anonimity = some false accusations (Score 1) 231

by NotDrWho (#49484941) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

I was thinking the same thing. Is there a way to report a false accusation too? Because I see a lot of innocent people having their lives destroyed by this. A rape or sex offender accusation today is like being labeled a witch in medieval Europe. It's straight to the gallows with you, innocent or not!

In case of injury notify your superior immediately. He'll kiss it and make it better.