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Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 2) 327

by Bob the Super Hamste (#47919731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
Although with some liberal arts degrees I highly doubt the critical thinking skills. I off up some of the degrees offered by my school:
Avation (learn to fly a plan)
Physical Education (you get to be a high school gym teacher)
Parks and recreation management (be an events coordinator at a local park or if you are lucky a park ranger with the NPS)

All of these were liberal arts programs, all of them had the same general education requirements as a STEM or any other degree, and all of them were much more vocational than a regular degree. I had roommates who majored in each one of these and even they admitted that apart from the vocational skill training they got nothing from these courses.

Comment: Doc Brown (Score 1) 103

I went to a rejuvenation clinic and got a whole natural overhaul. They took out some wrinkles, did hair repair, changed the blood, added a good 30 to 40 years to my life. They also replaced my spleen and colon. What do you think?

I wonder with these types of artificial filters would there be any benefit for an otherwise healthy person to have this done?

Comment: Re:Snowden is a communist spy and no whistleblower (Score 1) 191

I would go with more of a convenient US annoyance Putin can keep around to poke the US government with instead of communist spy. Also if I didn't want to find out what is is like to experience extreme rendition or be sodomized by a hellfire missile Russia seem like a pretty good country to flee to.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 577

Now that sounds like a range I would like to avoid. I like the one I go to since they take a very strict approach to those things and it sounds like you did as well while you were at that one. That seems to be how a lot of those things are one person leaves and things get lax.

Comment: Re:99.99%, eh? (Score 1) 577

As much as I would like to avoid the bears, I have had close encounters with them while out in the woods, as well as the wolves and cougars. Then again that is the only place where I carry a hand gun because my chances of needing it are fairly high. I haven't had to kill any of those critters but have used it to scare off the one wolf in front of me who was trying to drive me back into the waiting pack. I have also discharged it while heading away from a mamma bear and cub up the trail, and was very glad when I came around a bend in the trail and was about 2 feet from the ass of a black bear that was crawling into a hollowed out log. This ignores the times that I have seen such critters off a ways. A lot of it is being aware of your surroundings but being stalked by wolves is not fun and cougars really to move silently through the woods but even then it seems I have a 50/50 chance of seeing one of the large predators up there. With critters there is no quick draw, if something seems a bit off or I can see one I get it out and ready.

Comment: Re:But what about... (Score 1) 577

Unless you are one of my uncle's co-workers why wouldn't you clean the barrel or the gun after you use it? It should be considered regular maintenance just like changing oil and belts on your car. Of course if you don't take car of your shit it won't work, just like one of my uncle's coworkers has the same shotgun I do and his doesn't fire over half the time, while mine works perfectly and has never had a problem even though I use mine a lot more.

Comment: Re:But what about... (Score 1) 577

This a thousand times. In the US we live in a society that has lots of firearms so the genie is out of the bottle on that one. What we need is compulsory education on them just like we do for vehicles. In my high school everyone had to take the drivers ed course where everyone learned the rules of the road and hopefully enough to get their learners permit. We need the same thing for firearms. Hopefully this would accomplish two thing, the first being fewer stupid people doing stupid things with firearms, and the other might be fewer people who are absolutely terrified by the mere existence of firearms.

As far as training goes the following models are all good with the first 3 being among the best:
The basic firearm safety
Hunter education course (same as above but also focuses on hunting)
The BSA shotgun or rifle merit badges.
A state carry permit course (not impressed with these compared to the other options)

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 577

My friend came up with "Pro-gun, anti-NRA"

Sounds about right. The NRA like to say they speak for all gun owners but they don't. I support some of the initiatives (trigger locks) but there is a lot of rhetoric coming from them that I don't support. Because of this I will never join their organization and they will probably be pulled more to the extreme since there are groups farther out that are pulling away members. I would much rather support groups like Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever who do good work advocating for hunters and restoring and preserving wild spaces.

If it smells it's chemistry, if it crawls it's biology, if it doesn't work it's physics.