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Comment: Re:Ungrateful (Score 1) 554

Obligatory old joke:

One day, at a U2 concert in (insert traditional butt of jokes for your area, I'll say Newfoundland,) Bono stops the music and starts clapping his hands, slowly, rhythmically.

As he gazes out over the crowd, still clapping slowly, he intones 'Every time *clap* I clap *clap* my hands, *clap* a child *clap* in Africa *clap* dies *clap* of starvation. *clap*'

From the audience comes up the outraged cry of 'Then stop fucking clapping, you idiot!'

Comment: Re:Simply (Score 1) 579

by SuiteSisterMary (#47786989) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Absolutely. There are all sorts of reasons why a person lands in jail. Some are in their control, some aren't.

But, to tie this back to the original poster and to the various responses, is it entirely beyond the pale to even entertain the notion that, possibly, due to some combination of nature and nurture, of social upbringing, evolutionary selection, and everything else, that maybe, just maybe, women and men are different?

And that, for some things, those differences may prove to be helpful or harmful? Isn't it better to have the discussion, to figure out what the differences are, and in some cases, make allowances or adjustments for them?

Premise: Women in western society, for a variety of factors both social and biological, tend to be more collaborative than adversarial. Assertion: Wikipedia editing is an adversarial process, in the same way the US legal system is adversarial: people argue their positions with the intent that the best argument wins. Implication of assertion: many women, who prefer collaboration to adversarial systems, will avoid Wikipedia.

To me, that is in no way sexist, demeaning, or anything else negative. But many people, whom I would term 'overly PC,' would attack me for even putting that little paragraph together.

Comment: Re:Science is a religion to some (Score 1) 221

by SuiteSisterMary (#47786947) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Faith is defined as 'belief without evidence.' In other words, and *at best*, one makes a knowledge claim without any supporting fact or evidence whatsoever.

The problem is, 'belief without evidence' rapidly tends to turn into 'belief *despite* evidence.' In other words, the same knowledge claim is often made *despite* clear and contradictory evidence. That's a hell of a way to run a railroad.

Comment: Re:You don't need to archive video. (Score 2) 455

by SuiteSisterMary (#47783765) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

You really seem to have an unrealistic expectation of how departments and the boards that oversee them will be allowed to use cameras. You also seem to have an unrealistic expectation that a prosecutor, judge, and jury will not press charges or convict someone simply because an officer did not have a camera present.

I think there needs to be a sea change in how the system works, yes. I doubt there will be.

The current LEO system is based on Victorian ideals about how some people are inherently noble and honest, and some aren't. This isn't true. Either a) hiring and training standards need to change, or b) technology needs to be used to smooth out the rough edges.

You can bring any calculator you like to the midterm, as long as it doesn't dim the lights when you turn it on. -- Hepler, Systems Design 182