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Comment: Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (Score 2) 381

by Spazmania (#48166301) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Sent the guy home with antibiotics when he presented with a fever after travel to Ebola infected area.

THAT mistake I can understand. They've seen SO many cases of Ebola after all. But permitting scores of people to be in the room with the guy *after* they decided to test for Ebola was a preventable error. And failing to tell the folks involved in his treatment to stay away from public transportation for a safety period following their contact with a confirmed Ebola patient was total amateur hour. Seriously, WTF do we have a no-fly list for anyway?

Comment: Re:Gates (Score 1) 836

by Spazmania (#48164043) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

There's no practical way to pull off a "progressive tax" on consumption

Sure there is. Average car purchase or rental: X% tax. Below average: X-factor%. Above average: X+factor%. Jewelry? Always a high %. Watercraft? Never a low percent and grows in portion with the cost of the craft. Milk and staple vegetables? Always a low percent. Junk food? Always a high percent tax.

Designing a progressive consumption tax isn't even particularly hard.

Hey, overseas purchases are excluded, right?

Why would you presume that? Just because that's how we've done it for an income tax?

Comment: Re:Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (Score 1) 622

by Spazmania (#48138397) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

How much obligation do you believe a free Internet site has to maintain the security of the data you store with them? Even banks don't promise that hackers won't breach your account... only that if they do breach your account despite reasonable and prudent security measures, the bank will replace your money.

Why did you run the red light? Were you drunk? Rushing to beat a yellow? Distracted by a conversation with your passenger? Burnt out traffic light? Brakes failed? Criminal law determines culpability with two measures: actus rea (you ran the red light) and mens rea (why you ran the red light). Both have to be proven for there to be a crime. So depending on why you ran the red light, there could be anything from murder to manslaughter to just a tragic accident.

Was I outside the crosswalk? Jaywalking? Maybe I dashed into the street as the light changed offering drivers no chance to react. That may well mitigate your culpability, dropping the matter from murder to manslaughter or even from manslaughter to civil wrongful death. No matter how badly behaved you were, if my behavior foreclosed reasonable opportunities for you to avoid the tragedy then I share culpability.

Comment: Re: Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (Score 1) 622

by Spazmania (#48138305) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Great questions!

My answer is: belligerent invasions of privacy hurt me and people I care about just as shoplifting hurts me and people I care about. And both are common enough forms of petty disorder to merit attention by the police.

Sex crime? That's over the top. But bad guys here should be pursued at least as diligently as shoplifters are.

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro..." -- Hunter S. Thompson