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Comment The Next Revolution (Score 1) 664

With each passing day, I become increasingly alarmed by the sheer dearth of new tech which purports to increase productivity. With each article I read where companies seek to eak fractional incremental gains out of employees who are already working half again as much as their parents did just to get by, these additional Orwellian intrusions are pushing me to avoid work environments where privacy has lost any meaning. I wonder if managers will use this tool to monitor lunches, toilet breaks as well. It all feels like a return to a time when a company could essentially own an employee. These are the types of situations that lead to revolutions because you cannot quantify morale or spirit. Put a lid on a pot too tightly and it tends to end up poorly.

Comment Sigh (Score 1) 1431

Seriously? I don't think the texter is the story here, it's the ticking time bomb of rage issues that carried a gun into a public place. There is a high probability he was going to go off eventually, it just happened to be a person texting that untwined his rope. It could have been a driver, someone walking to slowly, or a rude clerk in a store.

Comment What we do (Score 1) 1160

American penalizes other nations this way for human rights violations without a second thought. It is hypocritical for we Americans to believe that we should be immune to our own law. It is also an interesting side effect of the separation of state and federal power as not all 50 states have capital punishment laws, but stand to suffer because of the 32 that do.

Comment Re: Hey (Score 2) 535

Seriously? I can't recall a group of atheists slaughtering people en-masse to take back their non-holy places (Crusades), or performing religiously motivated acts of "ethnic cleansing" (Kosovo), or calling a fatwa seeking the death of someone who dares to write what is seen as damaging to a prophet (Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses"). I challenge you no name one truly secularly motivated conflict.

Comment Re:NRA sedition^H^H^H patriotism (Score 1) 573

George Washington became a military man some 23 years before the revolutionary war, and was not just some citizen yokel with a gun. This belief that citizens with guns alone, and not paired with and not an organized military effort won us our freedom is an uniformed point of view that does great disservice to the truth of the matter.

Comment Re:NRA sedition^H^H^H patriotism (Score 1) 573

2.4 Million U.S Soldiers have served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As of February 2013, the Washington Post Reports that in regard to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom:

Service Members Killed in action: 6,648 (0.28%) of all soldiers
Fatalities due to Hostile Action: 2579
Fatalities due to IED: 2499
Fatalities (non-combat): 668
Fatalities due to Helicopter accident: 402
Fatalities due to Vehicle Accident: 361
Unknown: 63
Other-Unknown: 45
Airplane Crash: 31

This doesn't include injuries. It also doesn't include suicides, which I am ashamed to say, are quickly catching up to these totals.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington