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Comment: Re:Since there's no downside, why not go all out? (Score 1) 1055

by SuiteSisterMary (#49743171) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

I don't think there's a downside to a minimum wage, or at least, not a compelling one.

As to specific implementation details. I really don't know. Not my field. My lay opinion would be that, well, it needs to be tied to the local cost of living and what not, but it would be a bitch to administrate. But no, having the minimum wage in Buttfuck Arkansas and Los Angeles be the same is probably sub-optimal.

I intended more to point out that while a small increase is basically a cost-of-living raise, a large increase will, indeed, likely do more harm than good.

Comment: Re:Military service can be mandatory, can cause ha (Score 1) 543

by SuiteSisterMary (#49734565) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

I'd support a bill like this if it also included provisions for criminal charges against parents who 'opt out' and their child winds up having long-term effects, or dying, of preventable diseases.

Say, do you also believe that, say, seatbelts are a matter of personal choice?

Comment: Re:Pay Settlments from Police Pension Funds (Score 1) 201

I think the idea is that it would eventually render bad cops uninsurable, and thus, unemployable.

Really, though, these are all suggestions to get around the central issue; cops look out for their own, even in the face of blatantly criminal behavior. It's a cultural issue, more than anything.

Comment: Re:Military service can be mandatory, can cause ha (Score 2) 543

by SuiteSisterMary (#49697155) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

Put this another way:
If measles goes through a small town public school with a thousand kids, three of those kids will die. Several will have life-long aftereffects.

If you vaccinate every human being in a large city, *1* will have *some sort* of adverse effect.

If 'reducing possible harm to children' is actually your end goal, there's no way in hell you'd argue against vaccines.

The problem, really, is that there are entire generations who've never seen a playmate die of measles, or have the polio leg braces, or the like.

Comment: Re:Understanding why some people fear vaccines (Score 1) 543

by SuiteSisterMary (#49697119) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill
Sorry, but that's all on the level of pointing out that dihydrogen monoxide is a universal solvent, causes horrible burns in it's gaseous state, induces tissue necrosis in it's solid state, will suffocate you in it's liquid state, and that excessive doses will cause seizures, among other problems.

Comment: Re:They wore him down. (Score 2) 245

Yes, this. It seems like the logic here is 'to get a gov't job, you must pass a polygraph test. This man taught people how to skew the results of that test.'

Note that the requirement to get the gov't job isn't 'be truthful and accurate when answering questions about things like criminal history,' but 'pass the polygraph.' Validity of the polygraph doesn't enter into it.

Comment: Re:The trouble with modern Christianity... (Score 1) 843

by SuiteSisterMary (#49681393) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

The bible is written that way because it is trying to translate Ancient Hebrew and Ancient Greek. You can make a readable translation or an accurate translation to English, but not both.

Correct. Personally, I would hope that, when translating what is purported to be 'instruction manual for avoiding eternal damnation, and methods for right thought and living,' they'd go with 'accurate.' This has, however, been objectively proven not to be the case.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White