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Comment: Re:Concrete proof at last (Score 2, Insightful) 330

by TarPitt (#48293429) Attached to: Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

Conservative believe people suffer because they have freely made bad life choices. People who suffer therefore do not deserve our assistance or our sympathy, as they are wholly to blame for their condition. Public policy should discourage bad choices by allowing these people to suffer the consequences of their freely chosen action. Welfare, unemployment insurance, and public healthcare are wrong, as they go against the natural order by isolating people from the consequences of their actions.

Conversely, the wealthy and powerful have made good life choices and deserve our admiration. Public policy should encourage these high ranking individuals through lower taxes and less regulation of their activities.

Comment: Re:are conservatives just showing more reaction? (Score 3, Insightful) 330

by TarPitt (#48293351) Attached to: Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

It seems very reasonable to blame those with the greatest share for wealth and power for the current state of society, rather than the impoverished and marginalized.

Though the latter position has a long heritage, stating back to the days when isolated, quirky old women were burned for being witches, somehow causing famine and pestilence despite their poverty and lack of influence.

Comment: Re:They're better off avoiding CS (Score 3, Interesting) 608

by TarPitt (#48237513) Attached to: Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

I work in an environment where most of IT is outsourced to India-based corporation. My casual observation is that there are many more young females from India in our IT group than Anglo-Americans. I've also noted the same with computer courses - that there are many more Asian women (South Asian and East Asian) relative to their male counterparts than there are Anglo Americans.

I suspect that Asian societies do not view computer work as primarily male-oriented work, and that talented women are encouraged to work in the field.

Among the Anglo-Americans, many of the IT focused women are in their 50's and 60's, having entered the field when mainframes were predominant and hence when computing was viewed as less of a male domain.

Comment: Re:forensic 'science' (Score 2) 135

by TarPitt (#47846805) Attached to: New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

There was also an eyewitness who saw him leave a bar with a prostitute hours before the prostitute was horribly murdered. The eyewitness refused to testify in court.

Story I heard was that the police were very sure this was the guy, but knowing they couldn't convict, they arranged to have him locked up in an insane asylum. The murders then abruptly stopped.

Source: Recent "Jack the Ripper" tour in London. Not peer reviewed.

Comment: Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (Score 3, Interesting) 217

by TarPitt (#47792789) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Like Prohibition - which was not so much anti-alcohol, as a white rural reaction against the growing dominance of urban areas and their populations of (beer drinking) immigrants. It was an early form of our culture wars, with the drugs acting as a proxy for reaction against deeper social changes.

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