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Comment Home (Score 1) 104

Your perception of how good or bad the world is probably depends most on what's going on inside your home and inside your head.

Despite bad things that happen (which is nothing new, of course) the world is definitely on the good side of the bell curve. Positively above average. Maybe it's the proximity to Thanksgiving, with my family around me and everybody healthy and the Bears beating the Packers, but I feel pretty good about the world now. I can feel pain from all the bad things in the world, have those things diminish me as they do everyone, and still feel like the world is a pretty good place.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 59

"Air Force Hires Civilian Drone Pilots For Combat Patrols"

Then they should put the video on

I'll bet the chat would be awesome:

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Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 2) 239

No they don't have to. It's just better for society if they do.

I wonder how the Founding Fathers managed, since their books, pamphlets, newspapers didn't have comments sections.

I'm still waiting for a single citation of a comments section that has been "good for society". Some bit of evidence that it does something besides play into people's confirmation bias.

Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 239

It has to do with the internet providing a place where people can discuss what was said by journalists.

You mean like this one? In case you haven't noticed, there is an endless number of places where people can discuss what is said by journalists. It doesn't mean the journalists have to provide one.

The papers can do what they like of course but that doesn't mean their newfound intolerance of criticism is a good thing for free society.

And yet, here you are criticizing the fact that there is intolerance of criticism. You don't see the wee flaw in your argument?

Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 239

I would never trust a "journalist" that isn't willing to open themselves up to public feedback.

I understand that. But does it mean that it is the obligation of the journalist to provide and maintain a forum for instant feedback at his own expense? And further, to do so with protection of anonymity?

Technology has given us limitless avenues for speech. Anyone can put up a website, submit a story, be a source. You can feed back to your heart's content. A guarantee of free speech is not the same as a guarantee to be heard by everyone. If it were, I'd have my own cable news network (where everyone would have Scottish accents, by the way, because I find them amusing). Instead, I've got fooking nowt, innit?

How many Bavarian Illuminati does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Three: one to screw it in, and one to confuse the issue.