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Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 1) 949

by Shortguy881 (#47944955) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
I was most certainly not trying to imply we are in a recession, merely our output as a nation shifted from manufacturing to other forms. I do agree, to be on the same terms that we were in 1953, we should be manufacturing more and even see a flat or growth trend in the manufacturing work force, but neither of these are true.

Also, I have no idea where that idiot above got 600% growth from, but he was off by a bit. Its 300% and that's generously using government calculated inflation from bls.gov. And one last thing, the number of workers in manufacturing went from 16,067,000 to 12,158,000 from 1953 to 2014while the population doubled over the same time period.

Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 1) 949

by Shortguy881 (#47935923) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
You have the Economics right, however you are still off on your Statistics. GDP growth isn't important here as I'm not looking at the industry by itself. I am looking at it compared to every other industry in the US. When you are looking at pieces of a pie that form a whole, you use percentages.

Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 1) 949

by Shortguy881 (#47930713) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

we have moved away from producing goods to a service providing nation
This statement is proved by comparison to other industries within the United States not by total output, as the statement itself is comparative. Percentage allows for a more accurate representation of the data in the context of the statement.

On the second part, now who is trolling? First you justify war as moral, then you use Russia's current involvement in the Ukraine? How is their involvement there any different than any of the examples of the US that I provided?

Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 3, Informative) 949

by Shortguy881 (#47929955) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
In 1953 the percentage of GDP from manufacturing was 28%. In 2012 it was at 12%. I'd call that a drop.

In the last decade we have sent troops into Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iraq. What real threat do any of these nations pose? Additionally, the way those conflicts unfolded wont be a deterrent to anyone. Besides, most of those conflicts are a result of us getting involved there previously. One of the best example of our meddling is what we did to Germany after WWI. It wasn't entirely the US' doing but we definitely played a part. Ultimately "those who do not learn from there mistakes are doomed to repeat them."

Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 4, Insightful) 949

by Shortguy881 (#47928335) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
If I understand your comment correctly, you just want the thought behind my statement.

First in regards to:

Well as a closed system maybe but, if your "society" is being propped up via funding and arms, and you have no need to actually produce anything yourself or even produce engineers at all, then it isn't as much of a problem.

The US spends over half a trillion dollars on the DOD a year. For decades, we have moved away from producing goods to a service providing nation. Granted, this is starting to improve a bit but it's nothing to celebrate, yet.

That said, what would really make it tough for them is a lack of opposition. Their tactics tend to be very self defeating when the larger powers don't overreact and get drawn into conflict with them.

If we let them provoke us though, then they will likely feed off that and use our involvement to deflect criticism away from their own otherwise self-defeating brutality.

The US government has been doing this for decades as well. Every few years we find a new enemy, rally cry and release the hounds of war.

If you want me to do all the work for you and provide specific examples of the above, let me know. There are many.

Comment: Re:I, Robot from a programmers perspective (Score 1) 164

by Shortguy881 (#47921313) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics
You seemed to entirely miss the point of that book. Apart from just being a fun read, it ultimately points out that we cannot create a flawless system of control over other intelligent beings. At first glance, the three laws of robotics are a fool proof system for keeping robots in check, so much so the three laws have withstood over half a century of scrutiny.

The anecdotes in the book are all scenarios specifically created to show the flaws of this system, concluding that we will undoubtedly create A.I. but never be able to control it.

Oddly enough, the last story of I Robot seems to have a different conclusion. It's as if Asimov accepted the outcome of that story as the best option for humanity, contradicting the rest of the book.

But that's just my two cents.

Comment: Re:Crouching Microtransactions, Hidden DRM (Score 2) 291

by Shortguy881 (#47916905) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming
But on the flip side of that we also seem to have a resurgence of hard core single player games. For the longest time big block buster games had to have both, but now we are seeing a change in both directions. I am referring to Tomb Raider and Wolfenstein.

I, for one, am liking the shifting market, on both fronts.

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